A reporter walks against the strong wind at a harbour in the Luoyuan County, southeast China's Fujian Province, July 13, 2013. The local meteorological authority issued a red alert against typhoon as Typhoon Soulik approaches, bringing strong wind and rainstorms to the region. (Xinhua/Wei Peiquan)
FUZHOU, July 13 (Xinhua) -- A total of 304,000 people have been evacuated in east China's Fujian Province, as Typhoon Soulik began to hit the province on Saturday, the provincial flood control headquarters said.
The National Meteorological Center (NMC) said Soulik, the seventh typhoon in this year, made landfall on the Huangqi Peninsula in Fujian at 4 p.m. Saturday.
Wind speeds at the typhoon's center reached a top speed of 118 km per hour as it landed, the NMC said.
All maritime transportation to Taiwan has been suspended. Operations in the ports of Fuzhou, Xiamen and Meizhou Bay have also been suspended, according to the provincial headquarters.
Public transportation in the city of Ningde, which is expected to be hit hard by the typhoon, has been suspended since 9:30 a.m. Saturday.
A total of 142 flights have been canceled at the Changle International Airport of Fuzhou, the provincial capital, since Friday night. High-speed train services have also been suspended.
Some 5,500 soldiers have been dispatched to 18 counties to engage in rescue efforts.
The National Marine Environmental Forecasting Center on Saturday maintained a top-level warning for sea waves caused by Typhoon Soulik.
During Saturday daytime and night, Soulik is expected to whip up sea waves as high as 6 to 10 meters in the southern part of the East China Sea, waters near the Diaoyu Islands and the northern part of the Taiwan Strait.
Waters near Zhejiang Province and the northern part of Fujian may see waves of 4 to 6.5 meters.
Typhoon Soulik lands in Chinese mainland
FUZHOU, July 13 (Xinhua) -- Typhoon Soulik, the seventh typhoon to hit Chinese mainland this year, made landfall in eastern Fujian Province on Saturday afternoon, bringing heavy rain and wind.
The National Meteorological Center said the typhoon made landfall on the Huangqi Peninsula in Lianjiang County at 4 p.m., adding that wind speeds at the typhoon's center reached a top speed of 118 km per hour as it landed. Full story
China maintains top-level wave alert for Typhoon Soulik
BEIJING, July 13 (Xinhua) -- The National Marine Environmental Forecasting Center on Saturday maintained a top-level warning for sea waves caused by Typhoon Soulik.
The typhoon is expected to make landfall on the Chinese mainland's Fujian Province Saturday afternoon, the center said, warning that as it approaches, sea waves and tide levels in waters near Fujian and Zhejiang provinces will be higher. Full story
Typhoon Soulik to bring rainstorms to east China
BEIJING, July 13 (Xinhua) -- The National Meteorological Center (NMC) on Saturday maintained a yellow alert for rainstorm in east China as Typhoon Soulik is approaching.
The NMC said heavy downpour brought by Typhoon Soulik hit Taiwan early Saturday morning and is expected to affect parts of the mainland's Fujian, Zhejiang and Jiangxi provinces. Full story