BEIJING, Aug. 18 (Xinhua) - National Observatory of China on Tuesday issued an orange alert for Typhoon Higos, which is expected to bring gales and torrential rains in southern China < /. p>

The typhoon, the seventh this year, strengthened into a severe tropical storm at 5 pm on Tuesday and focused on the waters 305 kilometers to the southeast of the city of Taishan in Guangdong province, southern China, with winds of up to 25 meters per second packaging, according to the National Meteorological Center (NMC)

the NMC expects the typhoon moving northwest at a speed of about 20 km per hour before landfall in coastal areas between Zhuhai and Wuchuan in Guangdong on Wednesday morning, where he gradually weaken.

From the night of Tuesday to Thursday, is expected to wind the parties concerned of the Sea of ​​southern China and coastal waters of Guangdong Province, according to the NMC

in the same period, regions, including parts of Hainan, Guangdong and Yunnan and the autonomous region of Guangxi will experience downpours, with some areas for up to 250 mm of rain, he said.

China has a system of weather alert color coded four levels, with red representing bad weather again, followed by orange, yellow and blue

. Driven by Typhoon Higos, flood control China and Drought Relief Headquarters on Tuesday activates a level IV emergency response against typhoons and floods, the lowest level of the system of emergency response four levels of Chinese

. headquarters and the Ministry of Emergency Management stressed at a Tuesday meeting the need to closely monitor the development of Typhoon Higos, and ships relocate timely and people in areas likely to be affected, asking the same time precautions against disasters such as flooding and urban flooding. End

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