China on yellow alert for Typhoon Hagupit

China’s national observatory on Monday issued a yellow alert for Typhoon Hagupit, which is forecast to make landfall on the coastline between Zhejiang and Fujian as a severe tropical storm Monday night.

The typhoon, the fourth of this year, was observed at waters 460 km southeast of Cangnan County in east China’s Zhejiang Province at 5 a.m. Monday, with a maximum wind force of 90 km/h in the center, the National Meteorological Center (NMC) said.

The NMC expects the typhoon to move northwestward at a speed of 20 km to 25 km per hour and continue to gain strength.

Gales are expected to hit some sea areas east of Taiwan, parts of the East China Sea and some coastal areas along Zhejiang, Fujian and Shanghai from Monday morning to Tuesday morning, according to the NMC. Parts of southeastern Zhejiang will see heavy rainfall of 100-200 mm over the same period.

China has a four-tier color-coded weather warning system, with red representing the most severe weather, followed by orange, yellow and blue.