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Typhoon Haikui approaches China's eastern coast

2012-08-06 23:26:33 GMT2012-08-07 07:26:33(Beijing Time)  SINA.com

Clouds gather over the city as a warning of the coming typhoon in Hangzhou, capital of east China's Zhejiang Province, Aug. 6, 2012. Typhoon Haikui, the 11th tropical storm of the year, is approaching Zhejiang Province and expected to land from Zhejiang's mid-north coast on Tuesday night and Wednesday morning. The local meteorological authority has issued a yellow alert against the typhoon early Monday. (Xinhua/Han Chuanhao)

Photo taken on Aug. 6, 2012 shows a freighter moving back to a harbor in Jiaojiang district of Taizhou, east China's Zhejiang Province. According to the National Marine Environmental Forecasting Center, typhoon Haikui, the 11th tropical storm of the year, is expected to reach the eastern coastal areas of Zhejiang on Aug. 8. (Xinhua/Xu Yu)

Photo taken on Aug. 6, 2012 shows dark clouds covering the sky in Jiaojiang district of Taizhou, east China's Zhejiang Province. According to the National Marine Environmental Forecasting Center, typhoon Haikui, the 11th tropical storm of the year, is expected to reach the eastern coastal areas of Zhejiang on Aug. 8. (Xinhua/Xu Yu)

Photo taken on Aug. 6, 2012 shows ships and boats moving back to a harbor in Jiaojiang district of Taizhou, east China's Zhejiang Province. According to the National Marine Environmental Forecasting Center, typhoon Haikui, the 11th tropical storm of the year, is expected to reach the eastern coastal areas of Zhejiang on Aug. 8. (Xinhua/Xu Yu)

Photo taken on Aug. 6, 2012 shows fishing boats sheltering in Haimen harbor in Jiaojiang district of Taizhou, east China's Zhejiang Province. According to the National Marine Environmental Forecasting Center, typhoon Haikui, the 11th tropical storm of the year, is expected to reach the eastern coastal areas of Zhejiang on Aug. 8. (Xinhua/Xu Yu)

Photo taken on Aug. 6, 2012 shows dark clouds covering the sky in downtown Taizhou, east China's Zhejiang Province. According to the National Marine Environmental Forecasting Center, typhoon Haikui, the 11th tropical storm of the year, is expected to reach the eastern coastal areas of Zhejiang on Aug. 8. (Xinhua/Xu Yu)

Photo taken on Aug. 6, 2012 shows ships and boats moving back to a harbor in Jiaojiang district of Taizhou, east China's Zhejiang Province. According to the National Marine Environmental Forecasting Center, typhoon Haikui, the 11th tropical storm of the year, is expected to reach the eastern coastal areas of Zhejiang on Aug. 8. (Xinhua/Xu Yu)

Ships and boats have moved back to a harbor in Jiaojiang district of Taizhou, east China's Zhejiang Province on Monday.

According to the National Marine Environmental Forecasting Center, typhoon Haikui, the 11th tropical storm of the year, is expected to make landfall on the north-central regions of Zhejiang on midnight Tuesday or Wednesday morning, the NMC said.

Haikui, the 11th tropical storm of the year, was moving northwest 200 kilometers off Japan's southernmost Okinawa prefecture early Sunday morning.

It has brought gusts and heavy rainfall to some coastal regions of Zhejiang.

On Monday afternoon, the provincial flood control headquarters required local governments to ensure that all fishery work ships were at port or in safe waters.

Neighboring Shanghai has also issued a blue alert against the typhoon on Monday and relocated over 200,000 people to avoid risks.

Chinese meteorological authorities use a four-tier color-coded weather warning system, with red being the most severe, followed by orange, yellow and blue.

Heavy rains will hit many areas in south and east China from Sunday to Tuesday as Haikui approaches the mainland, while stormy weather caused by typhoons Saola and Damrey will continue to affect China's coastal regions, according to the NMC.

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