Typhoon Barijat made landfall in Guangdong this morning. The storm reached Zhanjiang around 8.30am, with wind speeds of 25 meters per second (56 miles per hour), according to ecns.com. The western portion of Guangdong has received wind and rain while other regions in the province have not been impacted.
Scattered thundershowers are predicted in Guangzhou this afternoon, before tapering off at around 6pm, according to the Weather Channel. Rain is not expected in Shenzhen until around noon tomorrow, according to current weather forecasts.
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Last night, a blue typhoon alert took effect in Guangzhou's Nansha District while Yuexiu, Haizhu, Liwan, Tianhe, Huangpu and Panyu districts issued white alerts.
Typhoon warnings across Guangdong have caused nearly 12,000 residents to evacuate their homes, most of whom live in low lying areas and compromised buildings. According to China Daily, over 70,000 fishermen had been asked to report back to port as of Tuesday night.
Meanwhile, Super Typhoon Mangkhut is quickly approaching the Philippines and is projected to reach Guangdong province by Sunday or Monday.
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According to CNN Meteorologist Michael Guy, Mangkhut “is likely to decrease in strength as it nears southern China, particularly if it crosses over northern Luzon, which will slow the storm.”
Current projections indicate that the Pearl River Delta will likely avoid a direct hit from the super storm, although strong winds are expected to pound both Guangzhou and Shenzhen. According to the Weather Channel, 86-kilometer-per-hour winds are predicted for Shenzhen on Sunday, while Guangzhou will experience wind speeds of up to 71 kilometers per hour.
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