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Typhoon Kestana shaves Hainan, heading to Vietnam

TYPHOON Kestana shaved China's southernmost island province of Hainan today, heading westward to Vietnam, the meteorological stations in south China monitored.

The typhoon was only 260 km away from Sanya City, Hainan, and had strong winds up to 126 km per hour at its eye this morning, said the station in south China's Guangdong Province.

It said that Kestana was moving westward at a speed of 15 km per hour, and is poised for a landfall in Vietnam this evening.

Due to the typhoon's effect, Guangdong and Hainan had received heavy downpour and strong gale since yesterday.

The meteorological stations said that the rainy weather will continue to tomorrow, but the weather is expected to clear on Thursday.

"The typhoon's effect will reduce tomorrow. The coming 'Golden Week' National Day holiday can expect fair weather, mainly cloudy, which will be suitable for outdoor fun," said Cai Qinbo, director of the Hainan meteorological station.

Sanya City, the most famous beach resort on the island, closed all scenic spots and forbade tourists from going sea swimming on Monday.

The city government ordered all outdoor activities canceled and schools closed yesterday and today.

Tourists at the Sanya beach saw tides as high as two meters.

The city's airport canceled 40 flights on Monday, leaving 1,220passengers stranded.

On Tuesday morning, 10 flights took off from the airport, as the air traffic was recovering.

The agricultural department in Hainan said Kestana caused heavy losses, as many cash crops were damaged by strong gales.


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