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China on highest alert for Typhoon Meranti

Updated: Sep 15,2016 9:29 AM     

Ships are seen at the port in Kaohsiung, China’s Taiwan, Sept 14, 2016. [Photo/Xinhua]

BEIJING — China Meteorological Administration issued a red alert warning for Typhoon Meranti on Sept 14, the highest alert in a four-color warning system.

The typhoon is expected to make landfall in south Fujian early on Sept 15, bringing gales with speeds up to 65 meters per second and storms with rainfall of up to 380 millimeters per hour across the region.

Some containers fall on the ground due to strong wind in Kaohsiung, China’s Taiwan, Sept 14, 2016.[Photo/Xinhua]

China’s National Marine Environmental Forecasting Center also upgraded its warning for ocean waves triggered by Typhoon Meranti to “red” and the State Oceanic Administration has initiated a class-II emergency response, the second highest level.

Schools and kindergartens in coastal cities of Fuzhou, Xiamen, Zhangzhou, Quanzhou and Putian were closed on Sept 14.

Under China’s four-tier severe weather warning system, red is the most serious, followed by orange, yellow and blue.