China issues yellow alert for rainstorms
China's national weather observatory issued a yellow alert for rainstorms on Thursday, as heavy rain is expected in most of north China and some areas in the south over the next 24 hours.
From Thursday to Friday, heavy rain is expected in parts of Heilongjiang, Jilin, Liaoning, Inner Mongolia, Beijing, Tianjin, Hebei, Guangdong and Yunnan, according to the National Meteorological Center (NMC).
Precipitation will reach up to 180 millimeters in central Jilin, southeastern Heilongjiang and northern Liaoning, and some of these areas may see thunderstorms and gales, said the NMC.
The center warned local authorities to reduce outdoor activities and take precautions against strong winds, flooding and geological disasters.
China has a four-tier color-coded weather warning system, with red the most severe, followed by orange, yellow and blue.