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CHINESE soldiers helped evacuate 900 foreign and Chinese tourists from Nanji, a resort island off east China's Zhejiang Province, before ferry services to the mainland stopped yesterday as Typhoon Morakot approached.

China's central observatory issued an orange alert, the second-highest-level alert, for Morakot yesterday morning, advising vessels to take shelter in ports or detour around the typhoon area.

It also urged people in the path of the typhoon to avoid outdoor activities.

The eye of Morakot was located 540 kilometers southeast of Taiwan's Keelung City at 1pm yesterday, packing winds up to 144 kilometers per hour, according to the observatory.

It forecast Morakot would move northwestward at 15kph to northeastern coastal areas of Taiwan. The typhoon was expected to bring gales to eastern and northern coastal areas of Taiwan yesterday. Some regions in Taiwan will be hit by heavy rainstorms.

The Office of State Flood Control and Drought Relief Headquarters expected Morakot to strengthen into a strong typhoon and to make landfall on the Chinese mainland from tomorrow noon to Sunday morning and urged preventive response from local authorities to minimize possible damage.

The Shanghai-based East China Weather Forecast Center under the State Bureau of Oceanic Administration warned coastal units to take high-tide precautions, as Morakot will hit at a peak tidal period.







 

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