China issues yellow alert for Typhoon Nesat


China’s National Meteorological Center issued a yellow warning for Nesat, the 20th typhoon this year, at 10 a.m. Tuesday. As of 9 a.m., the typhoon was in the northwestern part of the South China Sea, about 210 kilometers northeast of Sansha City in south China’s Hainan Province.

Nesat is expected to move west-south at a speed of 15 kilometers per hour, gradually weakening as it nears Hainan’s southern coast. It will then turn west and weaken rapidly, sweeping through waters south of Hainan on Wednesday before dissipating south of the Gulf of Beibu on Thursday morning.

Storm forecast: From 2:00 p.m. Tuesday to 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, there will be force 7 to 9 winds in the East China Sea, the Taiwan Strait, the Pacific Ocean east of Taiwan, the Bashi Channel, parts of the South China Sea, the Bodies of water near the Xisha Islands, Beibu Gulf, Qiongzhou Strait, and the coasts of Zhejiang, Fujian, Taiwan, Guangdong, Guangxi, and Hainan. There will be 10 to 11 magnitude storms with gusts up to 12 or 13 along the southeast coast of Hainan, the Taiwan Strait and parts of the South China Sea. Wind speed near Nesat’s Eye could reach force 12 to 14, with gusts up to 15 or 16.

Rainfall forecast: From 2 p.m. Tuesday to 2 p.m. Wednesday, parts of Hainan and southern Leizhou Peninsula in Guangdong will experience heavy rain. Torrential rains could hit southeast Hainan.

(Video provided by China Meteorological Administration, cover photo via CFP)

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