China evacuates 460,000 people as Sinlaku approaches
China evacuated about 460,000 people from two eastern provinces as the outer bands of Tropical Storm Sinlaku battered the coast after it pummeled Taiwan.
Heavy rain today lashed eastern and northern Zhejiang, where about 230,000 people have been moved, and northern parts of Fujian, where another 230,000 people left, the official Xinhua news agency reported, citing flood control headquarters. Some 30,000 fishing boats were recalled to harbor in Zhejiang.
Sinlaku weakened from a typhoon at 8 a.m. local time today and was about 196 kilometers (122 miles) southeast of Wenzhou in Zhejiang and moving north at 5 kilometers per hour, Xinhua cited local weather authorities as saying.
Maximum sustained winds were 120 kilometers per hour, with gusts to 150 kph, the U.S. Joint Typhoon Warning Center said in its latest advisory, which continued to categorize Sinlaku as a typhoon.
The storm probably won’t make landfall in China, according to a graphic on the center’s Web site. It was heading northeast and its eye was forecast to brush the southern tip of Japan’s Kyushu island later this week. On its current path the storm will pass south of Tokyo.