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A staff member helps a passenger buy ticket at Xiuyinggang Ferry Terminal in Haikou, south China's Hainan Province, Aug. 2, 2020. Typhoon Sinlaku, the third one of this year, is heading northwestward at about 15 km per hour and is expected to land on the northern coast of Vietnam at around Sunday noon, China's National Meteorological Center said. (Xinhua)

BEIJING, China (China Daily) — China’s national observatory issued a blue alert for typhoon “Sinlaku” Saturday, which is expected to bring gales and torrential rains to South China.

The typhoon, the third of the year, has strengthened from a tropical depression Saturday afternoon and swept the coastal waters south of the city of Sanya, South China’s Hainan province, before heading to the Beibu Gulf, the National Meteorological Center (NMC) said.

The center expected the typhoon to continue to move northwestward at a speed of 15 km per hour and make landfall on the northern coast of Vietnam Sunday afternoon, where it will start to weaken.

Meanwhile, the center warned that another tropical depression, currently southeast of the eastern Zhejiang province, is likely to move northwest at a speed of 20 km per hour and strengthen into the fourth typhoon of the year in the next 24 hours.

The fourth typhoon is expected to land on the coastal areas of Zhejiang and Fujian Monday night and quickly weaken thereafter, the NMC said.

From Saturday evening to Sunday evening, gales are expected to hit the Qiongzhou Strait, the Beibu Gulf, parts of the East China Sea and the South China Sea, as well as some sea areas near Taiwan, the Xisha Islands, Hainan, Guangdong and Guangxi.

In the same period, the Xisha Islands and parts of Hainan, Guangdong and Guangxi will experience heavy rains, with some areas to see downpours of up to 150 mm of rainfall, according to the NMC.

China has a four-tier color-coded weather warning system for severe weather, with red representing the most severe, followed by orange, yellow and blue.

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