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China issues highest alert as Typhoon Muifa sweeping East China Sea

08-06-2011 13:41 BJT

BEIJING, Aug. 6 (Xinhua) -- China's National Marine Environmental Forecasting Center issued a red alert for sea waves on Saturday as the powerful Typhoon Muifa is sweeping across the southeastern part of the East China Sea.

The red alert is the highest alert in the four-level high wave warning system.

Sea waves piled up as Muifa approaches. Waves of 10.5 meters high has been observed in the East China Sea, according to a statement issued by the forecasting center.

The East China Sea will see waves of 9 to 11 meters high from Saturday noon to Sunday noon, waters off Shanghai and Zhejiang will see waves of 5 to 7 meters high, and waters off Jiangsu and southern Zhejiang Province will also see waves of 3 to 5 meters high, the statement said.

Muifa, the ninth typhoon to hit China this year, made landfall in the East China Sea around 22:00 p.m. on Friday, according to the statement.

The center said that while the possibility of Muifa landing on Shanghai and southern Jiangsu province is not ruled out, it sees a greater chance of Muifa heading all the way to the north and making a landfall on Shandong province. If so, it will affect the entire waters off China's eastern and northern coastal areas.

Also according to the statement, Muifa is likely to continue its force or abate a little bit while sweeping along the eastern coastal area.

The center is continuing its yellow alert for storm, warning local authorities and the public to take precautions and intensify safety checks on fishing facilities.

The yellow alert is the second-lowest alert level in the country's four-level rainstorm alert system.

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Powerful typhoon Muifa is also affecting other parts of Asia. In South Korea, two extreme weather patterns co-exist in the country, while Japan has been battered along the coast. Hundreds of flights have been cancelled. Full story >>

Crossover: Latest update on typhoon Muifa

For more on Typhoon Mui-fa, we are now joined in our studio by Darryl Snow from the China Meteorological Administration. How strong is Typhoon Mui-fa? What's the latest and how is it impacting locals? Full story >>

Eastern China prepares for Muifa's arrival

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Crossover: Muifa's potential impact on Shanghai

Now for more on Typhoon Mui-fa, our reporter Li Zhen is in Shanghai. Typhoon Mui-fa is forecast to soon pass through the East China Sea close to Shanghai. What's the potential impact on Shanghai? Full story >>

E.China prepares for likely landfall of typhoon Muifa

In East China's Zhejing Province, Typhoon Muifa is expected to make landfall in the next three days. It is gaining strength and moving northwestwards at 15 kilometers per hour. Full story >>

Soldiers help fishermen to reinforce their fishing vessels in Shenjiamen fishing port of Zhoushan, east China's Zhejiang Province, Aug. 4, 2011. Typhoon Muifa will very likely make landfall in the eastern part of the province Saturday night and cause significant damage. Warnings have also been issued to fishing boats in the area. (Xinhua/Zhang Zhenyuan)

Eastern China on alert as typhoon Muifa approaches

Civil affairs agencies in areas along China's eastern coast have been alerted to prepare for typhoon Muifa as it approaches the mainland. The Ministry of Civil Affairs (MCA) issued a circular on Thursday ordering civil affairs agencies in the city of Shanghai and the provinces of Zhejiang, Jiangsu, Anhui, Fujian, Jiangxi and Shandong to monitor the situation closely and carry out disaster relief operations in a timely manner. Full story >>

Soldiers help fishermen to reinforce their house near Diaobang port in Taizhou, east China's Zhejiang Province, Aug. 4, 2011. Typhoon Muifa will very likely make landfall in the eastern part of the province Saturday night and cause significant damage. Warnings have also been issued to fishing boats in the area. (Xinhua/Jia Ce)

Editor:Zhang Pengfei |Source: Xinhua

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