Super Typhoon Lekima threatens China and Taiwan

August 9 2019 by InsuranceAsia News Staff

China has issued a yellow alert as Super Typhoon Lekima heads towards China and Taiwan; a yellow alert is the third highest alert in the four-tier system.

Authorities in Taiwan have ordered markets, businesses and schools to close today (August 9) as Super Typhoon Lekima approaches the island, forcing flight cancellations and landslide warnings; wind speeds from the storm have hit 234 km/hr.

To make matters worse for the Taiwanese authorities a magnitude 6 earthquake hit the country as they prepared for the storm.

Lekima – the ninth typhoon of the season – is expected to make landfall in Taiwan first before weakening once it hits the coast of China.

According to the National Meteorological Center, Super Typhoon Lekima will likely make landfall in Zhejiang province. Therefore Shanghai and the provinces of Zhejiang, Jiangsu and Shandong should be prepared for heavy rains, strong winds and possible flooding from today (August 9) until Sunday (August 11).

The storm will likely make landfall in Zhejiang province on Saturday (August 10) morning and move north toward the Shanghai area on Sunday (August 11).

The storm has caused very hot weather and pollution levels to rise in Hong Kong.

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