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Strong typhoon Muifa to hit Zhejiang, 200,000 residents evacuated

08-06-2011 10:44 BJT

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More than 200,000 residents in the coastal areas of east China's Zhe-jiang Province have been evacuated as it braces for the strongest typhoon in years.

Typhoon Muifa, the ninth typhoon to hit China this year, will likely make landfall in Zhejiang Saturday night or during the day on Sunday, according to provincial meteorological authorities. Packing winds of up to 162 kilometers an hour near its center,

Muifa is heading northwest at a speed of 10 to 15 kilometers per hour.It will bring strong winds and torrential rains to parts of Zhe-jiang.

Local authorities are stepping up various precautionary measures to ensure that local residents and major industrial facilities are safe from the storm.

Muifa will probably move further inland after landing, bringing rainfall to more than ten provinces over an area of one million square kilometers. The typhoon is expected to last 11 days before it finally wanes.

Editor:Zhang Pengfei |Source: CNTV.CN

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