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Typhoon Mekkhala to affect China

Updated: Jan 18,2015 9:07 AM     Xinhua

BEIJING — Typhoon Mekkhala is approaching China, bringing strong winds to the South China Sea, the National Meteorological Center (NMC) forecasted on Jan 17.

Mekkhala, the first typhoon in 2015, is expected to move northwest at a speed of 15 to 20 kilometers per hour after barrelling into the Philippines on the afternoon of Jan 17.

Gales will sweep waters around Huangyan Islands, Xisha Islands, Taiwan and off coastal province of Fujian from Jan 18 night to Jan 18 night, according to the NMC.

The typhoon is weakening.