Residents evacuated, boats moored as Typhoon Maria approaches

2018-07-11 02:08:09 GMT2018-07-11 10:08:09(Beijing Time) Xinhua English
Fishermen relocate the fishing gear on the shore in Houwan Village of Tailu Town in Lianjiang County, southeast China's Fujian Province, July 10, 2018, as Typhoon Maria, the eighth typhoon this year, approaches the Chinese coast. China's National Meteorological Center (NMC) issued this year's first red alert for Typhoon Maria, which is expected to hit China's coastal provinces on Wednesday morning. (Xinhua/Jiang Kehong) Fishermen relocate the fishing gear on the shore in Houwan Village of Tailu Town in Lianjiang County, southeast China's Fujian Province, July 10, 2018, as Typhoon Maria, the eighth typhoon this year, approaches the Chinese coast. China's National Meteorological Center (NMC) issued this year's first red alert for Typhoon Maria, which is expected to hit China's coastal provinces on Wednesday morning. (Xinhua/Jiang Kehong)
Police officers and soldiers help a fisherman moor fishing boats in Taizhou, east China's Zhejiang Province, July 10, 2018. China Meteorological Administration on Tuesday issued this year's first red alert for typhoon as the Typhoon Maria or the 8th of the year approaches the Chinese coast. Typhoon Maria is likely to sweep Taiwan, Fujian, Jiangxi and part of Zhejiang on Tuesday and Wednesday.(Xinhua/Jiang Youqin) Police officers and soldiers help a fisherman moor fishing boats in Taizhou, east China's Zhejiang Province, July 10, 2018. China Meteorological Administration on Tuesday issued this year's first red alert for typhoon as the Typhoon Maria or the 8th of the year approaches the Chinese coast. Typhoon Maria is likely to sweep Taiwan, Fujian, Jiangxi and part of Zhejiang on Tuesday and Wednesday.(Xinhua/Jiang Youqin)
Staff workers reinforce dikes and dams with sand bags at a scenic spot in Wenling City, east China's Zhejiang Province, July 10, 2018. China Meteorological Administration on Tuesday issued this year's first red alert for typhoon as the Typhoon Maria or the 8th of the year approaches the Chinese coast. Typhoon Maria is likely to sweep Taiwan, Fujian, Jiangxi and part of Zhejiang on Tuesday and Wednesday. (Xinhua/Jin Yunguo) Staff workers reinforce dikes and dams with sand bags at a scenic spot in Wenling City, east China's Zhejiang Province, July 10, 2018. China Meteorological Administration on Tuesday issued this year's first red alert for typhoon as the Typhoon Maria or the 8th of the year approaches the Chinese coast. Typhoon Maria is likely to sweep Taiwan, Fujian, Jiangxi and part of Zhejiang on Tuesday and Wednesday. (Xinhua/Jin Yunguo)
Aerial photo taken on July 10, 2018 shows fishing boats at berth at a harbor in Lianjiang County, southeast China's Fujian Province, as Typhoon Maria, the eighth typhoon this year, approaches the Chinese coast. China's National Meteorological Center (NMC) issued this year's first red alert for Typhoon Maria, which is expected to hit China's coastal provinces on Wednesday morning. (Xinhua/Jiang Kehong) Aerial photo taken on July 10, 2018 shows fishing boats at berth at a harbor in Lianjiang County, southeast China's Fujian Province, as Typhoon Maria, the eighth typhoon this year, approaches the Chinese coast. China's National Meteorological Center (NMC) issued this year's first red alert for Typhoon Maria, which is expected to hit China's coastal provinces on Wednesday morning. (Xinhua/Jiang Kehong)
Staff members help villigers evacuate from low-lying areas in Qiuzhu Village of Sanduao Town in Ningde City, southeast China's Fujian Province, July 10, 2018, as Typhoon Maria, the eighth typhoon this year, approaches the Chinese coast. China's National Meteorological Center (NMC) issued this year's first red alert for Typhoon Maria, which is expected to hit China's coastal provinces on Wednesday morning. (Xinhua/Lin Shanchuan) Staff members help villigers evacuate from low-lying areas in Qiuzhu Village of Sanduao Town in Ningde City, southeast China's Fujian Province, July 10, 2018, as Typhoon Maria, the eighth typhoon this year, approaches the Chinese coast. China's National Meteorological Center (NMC) issued this year's first red alert for Typhoon Maria, which is expected to hit China's coastal provinces on Wednesday morning. (Xinhua/Lin Shanchuan)

FUZHOU, July 10 (Xinhua) -- Residents were evacuated and boats moored in east China Tuesday, as Typhoon Maria, the eighth typhoon this year, approaches the Chinese coast.

Meteorological authorities in Fujian Province said that Maria may bypass northern Taiwan before making landfall in Fujian Wednesday morning. It will whip up gales, high waves, and heavy rain.

Fujian has activated an emergency response to deal with the typhoon. All fishing boats were ordered to return to harbor by Tuesday noon and workers at offshore fish farms were required to return to land by 6 p.m.

In Fuzhou, the provincial capital of Fujian, schools and factories in coastal areas were asked to close Wednesday. Ongoing projects involving highways and ports were suspended.

Eighty-six teams made up of around 1,500 workers from Fujian Expressway Group are on standby to repair damage caused by the typhoon, and firefighters are prepared for rescue missions.

In east China's Zhejiang Province, more than 52,000 people had been evacuated as of Tuesday morning, and over 20,700 fishing boats had returned to port.

As of 4 p.m. Tuesday, the eye of Typhoon Maria was above the sea 560 kilometers southeast of Ningde, Fujian, packing winds up to 187 kilometers per hour, according to China Meteorological Administration.

 

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