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Tropical storm Linfa hits Chinese mainland

2009-06-22 09:10 BJT

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Tropical storm Linfa has made landfall in Fujian Province on China's east coast. The third tropical storm this year contains winds of up to 23 meters per second.

Local flood control authorities say the storm hit Dongshi Township in Jinjiang City at 8:30 on Sunday evening.

The Fujian provincial flood control bureau has urged local officials to step up their watch and make full preparations for any possible situation.

The storm had brought heavy rains to coastal areas throughout Sunday night. And the bureau predicts the rains would continue into Monday as the storm moves north.

Shipping and air services between the Chinese mainland and Taiwan have both been temporarily suspended.

The Provincial Oceanic and Fisheries Bureau recalled 30 thousand fishing boats on Sunday. The government also sent warning messages to local mobile phone users, urging caution in the face of the storm.

Linfa was formed in the South China Sea on Thursday afternoon but had weakened from its peak strength by the time it made landfall.

Soldiers help fasten fishing boats in Zhangzhou, east China's Fujian province, as the China's southeast coast braces for tropical storm Linfa on Sunday, June 21, 2009.[Xinhua]
Soldiers help fasten fishing boats in Zhangzhou, east China's Fujian
province, as the China's southeast coast braces for tropical storm
Linfa on Sunday, June 21, 2009.[Xinhua]