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Typhoon Rammasun to rage through weekend

English.news.cn   2014-07-18 18:13:23

BEIJING, July 18 (Xinhua) -- China's top meteorological authority forecast that super typhoon Rammasun will continue to rage through the weekend before it starts weakening on Monday.

It also warned the typhoon, the ninth in this year, may make landfall again in the coastal areas of Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region in southwest China late Friday night and bring gales up to 45 meters per second.

Earlier, Rammasun made landfall in Wenchang City in the island province of Hainan at 3:30 p.m. on Friday, according to local authorities.

City Mayor Liu Chunmei said one man, a resident of Wengtian Town, died after being hit by debris. Many houses in Wenchang were damaged.

Zhang Ling, chief forecaster of the National Meteorological Center (NMC), told Xinhua that Rammasun will become the strongest typhoon to hit south China in some 40 years. Super typhoon Marge in 1973 brought winds up to 60 meters per second to Qionghai City in Hainan, killing hundreds of people.

During the next two days, the provinces of Guangdong and Yunnan will also see severe rainstorms, according to the NMC forecast.

Editor: xuxin
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