Residents evacuated, boats moored as Typhoon Maria approaches China
2018-07-11 10:07:00

Staff members help villagers on precaution work in Cheng'ao Village of Sanduao Town in Ningde City, southeast China's Fujian Province, July 10, 2018, as Typhoon Maria, the eighth typhoon this year, approaches the Chinese coast. China's National Meteorological Center (NMC) issued this year's first red alert for Typhoon Maria, which is expected to hit China's coastal provinces on Wednesday morning. (Xinhua/Lin Shanchuan)

FUZHOU, July 10-- Residents were evacuated and boats were back in harbor in east China Tuesday, as Typhoon Maria, the eighth typhoon this year, approached the Chinese coast.

Maria is forecast to bypass northern Taiwan before making landfall between Fuqing of Fujian Province and Cangnan of Zhejiang Province Wednesday morning, bringing gales, high waves and heavy rain, according to the China Meteorological Administration.

Some areas in Taiwan, Fujian and Zhejiang are expected to receive precipitation of 250-350 mm in the 24 hours to 8 p.m. Wednesday.

Fujian has ordered all fishing boats to return to harbor by Tuesday noon and workers at offshore fish farms were required to return to land by 6 p.m.

In Fuzhou, the provincial capital of Fujian, schools and factories in coastal areas were asked to close Wednesday. Ongoing projects involving highways and ports were suspended.

Eighty-six teams made up of around 1,500 workers from Fujian Expressway Group are on standby to repair damage caused by the typhoon, and firefighters are prepared for rescue missions.

In neighboring Zhejiang Province, more than 144,400 people in five cities had been evacuated as of 4 p.m. Tuesday, and about 20,800 fishing boats and 4,950 other boats had returned to port or safe waters.

Fourteen large and medium-sized reservoirs in Zhejiang were ordered to lower water levels Wednesday to prepare for coming floodwater.

In Taizhou, Zhejiang, authorities have closed scenic areas and evacuated visitors.

China Southern Airlines cancelled 38 flights to and from affected regions.

As of 8 p.m. Tuesday, the eye of Typhoon Maria was 445 kilometers southeast of Ningde, Fujian, packing winds up to 180 kilometers per hour, according to China Meteorological Administration.

Maria, which weakened to strong typhoon from super typhoon at 5 p.m. Tuesday, is moving northwestward about 30 kilometers per hour.

Aerial photo taken on July 10, 2018 shows fishing boats at berth at a harbor in Lianjiang County, southeast China's Fujian Province, as Typhoon Maria, the eighth typhoon this year, approaches the Chinese coast. China's National Meteorological Center (NMC) issued this year's first red alert for Typhoon Maria, which is expected to hit China's coastal provinces on Wednesday morning. (Xinhua/Jiang Kehong)

Relief supplies are prepared in Qiuzhu Village of Sanduao Town in Ningde City, southeast China's Fujian Province, July 10, 2018, as Typhoon Maria, the eighth typhoon this year, approaches the Chinese coast. China's National Meteorological Center (NMC) issued this year's first red alert for Typhoon Maria, which is expected to hit China's coastal provinces on Wednesday morning. (Xinhua/Lin Shanchuan)

Fishermen relocate the fishing gear on the shore in Houwan Village of Tailu Town in Lianjiang County, southeast China's Fujian Province, July 10, 2018, as Typhoon Maria, the eighth typhoon this year, approaches the Chinese coast. China's National Meteorological Center (NMC) issued this year's first red alert for Typhoon Maria, which is expected to hit China's coastal provinces on Wednesday morning. (Xinhua/Jiang Kehong)

Police officers and soldiers help a fisherman moor fishing boats in Taizhou, east China's Zhejiang Province, July 10, 2018. China Meteorological Administration on Tuesday issued this year's first red alert for typhoon as the Typhoon Maria or the 8th of the year approaches the Chinese coast. Typhoon Maria is likely to sweep Taiwan, Fujian, Jiangxi and part of Zhejiang on Tuesday and Wednesday.(Xinhua/Jiang Youqin)

Staff workers reinforce dikes and dams with sand bags at a scenic spot in Wenling City, east China's Zhejiang Province, July 10, 2018. China Meteorological Administration on Tuesday issued this year's first red alert for typhoon as the Typhoon Maria or the 8th of the year approaches the Chinese coast. Typhoon Maria is likely to sweep Taiwan, Fujian, Jiangxi and part of Zhejiang on Tuesday and Wednesday. (Xinhua/Jin Yunguo)

Staff members help villigers evacuate from low-lying areas in Qiuzhu Village of Sanduao Town in Ningde City, southeast China's Fujian Province, July 10, 2018, as Typhoon Maria, the eighth typhoon this year, approaches the Chinese coast. China's National Meteorological Center (NMC) issued this year's first red alert for Typhoon Maria, which is expected to hit China's coastal provinces on Wednesday morning. (Xinhua/Lin Shanchuan)

A fisherman mends fishing nets at a harbor in Xiaguan Town of Cangnan County, east China's Zhejiang Province, July 10, 2018, as Typhoon Maria, the eighth typhoon this year, approaches the Chinese coast. (Xinhua/Weng Xinyang)

A staff member lines up cordon tape for precaution at a harbor in Xiaguan Town of Cangnan County, east China's Zhejiang Province, July 10, 2018, as Typhoon Maria, the eighth typhoon this year, approaches the Chinese coast. (Xinhua/Weng Xinyang)

Source: Xinhua Editor: Nicky