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China on higher alert for typhoon-triggered waves

Xinhua, August 19, 2016 Adjust font size:

Cars drive on a road in Haikou, capital of south China's Hainan Province, Aug. 18, 2016. Hainan was affected by typhoon "Dianmu", the eighth of the season, with many regions greeting heavy rainfall. (Xinhua/Yang Guanyu)

China's National Marine Environmental Forecasting Center (NMEFC) upgraded its warning for ocean waves triggered by Typhoon Dianmu to a yellow alert on Thursday, the third level on a four-color warning system.

Waves reaching a height of 6 meters will hit northern and central parts of the South China Sea and the Beibu Gulf from Thursday night through Friday.

Meanwhile, waves up to 3.5 meters in height will hit the coast of Guangdong Province, Hainan Province, and Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region.

Typhoon Dianmu arrived at the city of Leizhou, Guangdong, at 3:40 p.m. Thursday, whipping up ocean waves up to 5 meters in height in northern and central parts of the South China Sea and the Beibu Gulf.@ NMEFC also issued a blue alert for storms.

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

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