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Tropical storm heads for mainland

MOLAVE, the world's sixth tropical storm this year, is expected to make a landfall in coastal areas of southeast China, the National Meteorological Center said yesterday.

At 4pm yesterday, the center of the storm was at 340 kilometers southeast of Hengchun, Taiwan, packing winds of up to 100kph. It is moving northwest at 15 to 20kph and is approaching the southern coastal areas of eastern China's Fujian Province and neighboring Guangdong Province, and strengthening, the NMC said.

The storm will enter the northeastern region of the South China Sea this morning, bringing torrential rain and strong winds to the two provinces, according to the forecast.

The Fujian Provincial Flood Control and Drought Relief Department has urged people in its path to relocate to safe areas.


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