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Alerts issued as heavy rain forecast to hit

By HOU LIQIANG | CHINA DAILY | Updated: 2020-08-03 07:22

People wade through water after heavy rainfall at a street in Hefei, Anhui province, on June 27, 2020. [Photo by Huang Yangyang/For China Daily]

Two typhoons bring downpours and gales amid threat to flood infrastructure

Two typhoons and a monsoon are expected to lash vast areas in southern and northern China with downpours in the coming four days, authorities warned.

The National Meteorological Center issued a blue alert, the lowest in the country's four-tier color-coded weather warning system, for Typhoon Hagupit on Sunday.

With a maximum wind speed of 72 kilometers per hour at its center, the fourth typhoon of the year was in waters 690 km southeast of Cangnan county in Zhejiang province at 10 am on Sunday, the center said.

It said the typhoon was moving northwest at 15 to 20 km/h and is expected to make landfall on the coast between Zhejiang and Fujian provinces on Monday night.

"The cyclone will quickly weaken after it lands," the center added.

Gales will strike some areas in Jiangsu, Zhejiang and Fujian provinces as well as Shanghai and Taiwan from Sunday to Tuesday, and vast stretches of Zhejiang and Fujian will be battered by downpours for two days starting Monday, it said.

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