Fishing boats anchor at a port to take shelter from typhoon Usagi, in Haikou, capital of south China's Hainan Province, Sept. 19, 2013. (Xinhua/Guo Cheng)
BEIJING/TAIPEI, Sept. 20 (Xinhua) -- Chinese authorities on Friday issued a disaster relief alert for typhoon Usagi, which is expected to hit coastal regions of southern China's Guangdong Province on Sept. 22.
The warning was issued by the National Disaster Reduction Commission and the Ministry of Civil Affairs, urging local civil authorities to prepare for emergencies and minimize possible losses caused by the typhoon, the 19th to strike China this year.
The commission also asked local authorities to strengthen vigilance, monitor any changes to Usagi's track and issue warnings in a timely manner.
The center of Usagi, one of the strongest typhoons to hit China's southeastern coast this year, was at 625 kilometers southeast of Taiwan's Cape Eluanbi early on Friday, and will continue to strengthen as it moves northwest at a speed of up to 20 km per hour, the National Meteorological Center forecast.
According to a latest warning issued by Taiwan's local meteorological authority on Friday afternoon, severe rainstorms may occur in the island's eastern and southern regions between Friday and Saturday afternoon.
The authority urged efforts to guard against landslides, falling stones and floods in affected regions.
Moreover, as strong winds and waves have appeared in the coastal areas of the island, the authority said people who plan to go for seaside activities should be particularly precautions.
Taipei and surrounding areas may also be affected by strong gales brought about by the super typhoon, the warning said.
China launches emergency response for Usagi
BEIJING, Sept. 19 (Xinhua) -- An emergency response was issued on Wednesday for tropical storm Usagi, which may become one of the strongest typhoons to hit China's southeastern coastal regions in the next few days.
A fourth-level emergency response, the lowest level, was announced by the State Flood Control and Drought Relief Headquarters. Full story