China Bracing for Typhoon Haikui
Created: 2012-08-07 13:19 EST
Chinese rescuers help evacuate residents from their homes in Zhoushan, east China's Zhejiang province on August 7, 2012, ahead of Typhoon Haikui. China evacuated 200,000 people from Shanghai as Typhoon Haikui is expected to make landfall in Zhejiang provi
The tropical storm Haikui has strengthened into a severe typhoon as it is approaching the coastal area of east China's Zhejiang Province, according to the National Meteorological Center.
The latest forecast reports that Haikui is expected to make landfall late Tuesday night or Wednesday morning near the Sanmenwan Gulf of Zhejiang.
Zhejiang authorities have evacuated 256,000 residents out of the province so far and more than 30,000 ships have been anchored at ports since Sunday. The maritime department has issued a no-navigation order.
All businesses and schools in Taizhou City were ordered to be closed on Tuesday by authorities as the typhoon is expected to arrive in the coastal regions of Zhejiang and Shanghai on Tuesday.
The typhoon has already killed 50 people in Manila and 200,000 people have been moved to shelters. Rains have been steady in the Philippines for the past 10 days and are expected to continue until Wednesday.