Over 270,000 Evacuated as Severe Tropical Storm Fung-wong Hits China
Update #5: July 29th 0330UTC (11.30am Taiwan/China time)
Severe tropical storm Fung-wong slammed into China's Fujian province late last night just south of Fuzhou. Packing sustained winds of 55 knots, gusting up to 75 knots, the storm brought torrential rains to a vast swathe of southern China.
According to Xinhua News Agency hundreds of thousands of people were evacuated prior to the arrival of the storm.
HANGZHOU, July 28 (Xinhua) -- Authorities in east China's Zhejiang Province evacuated 230,764 people and recalled 26,242 fishing boats on Monday as typhoon Fung Wong approached, according to the provincial flood control and drought relief headquarters.
Forty-nine flights were canceled and two were delayed as of 4 p.m. at the Fuzhou International Airport in neighboring Fujian Province, and the airport pledged to provide accommodation and transport for the stranded passengers.
Typhoon Fung-wong earlier slammed into eastern Taiwan making landfall between the cities of Hualien and Taidong. The storm unleashed torrential rains and winds gusting up to 105kts on Taiwan keeping schools and businesses closed throughout the day. So far there are reports that one man was killed in Taiwan.
Fung-Wong lashed Taiwan yesterday with torrential rains and winds gusting to 155 kilometers an hour, killing one man and injuring six. Taiwanese authorities ordered financial markets and businesses to shut and closed schools as the typhoon hit.
The Taiwanese Central Weather Bureau (CWB) are issuing hourly updates which are available in both Chinese and English at their website.
According to the Japanese Meteorological Agency tropical storm Fung-wong currently has sustained winds of 45 knots, gusting to 65 knots and is heading west north west at 10 knots over Fujian province. It is expected to weaken further as it moves inland.
The name Fung-wong was contributed by Hong Kong and means phoenix as well as the name of a mountain in the territory.
Two weeks ago typhoon Kalmaegi struck northern Taiwan killing 19 people and causing extensive flooding across the island. Fung-wong is due to hit the same region tomorrow and could unleash another bout of deadly flooding in regions across Taiwan.
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For more information please visit:
www.typhoonfury.com - My website with up to the minute information on typhoons in Asia from a variety of forecasting agencies
www.cwb.gov.tw - Taiwan's Central Weather Bureau
www.jma.go.jp/en/typh/0808.html - Japanese Meteorological Agency.