China issued a red alert Friday for incoming Super Typhoon Lekima , expected to batter eastern Zhejiang province early Saturday morning with high winds and torrential rainfall.
The ninth typhoon of the year is projected to move northwest up China ’ s coast Saturday with the China Meteorological Administration ( CMA) focusing its attention on Zhejiang , Fujian, Jiangsu , Shanghai and Shandong provinces .
Lekima ’ s centre was about 290 kilometres (180 miles ) southeast of the city of Wenling in Zhejiang on Friday morning , with winds reaching 209 km per hour, official news agency Xinhua reported .
Authorities are preemptively cancelling train routes in Zhejiang , Shanghai and elsewhere on Saturday , according to the CMA’ s newspaper .
They also issued a yellow alert for torrential rain and flooding for provinces in Lekima ’ s path .
Some airlines have cancelled Saturday flights out of Shanghai as a preemptive measure , said the CMA.
The “ great evacuation ” from the water is well under way , with ships returning to port and moving to safe areas , the newspaper added .
The storm is currently sweeping past the northern tip of Taiwan where three people were injured , some trees were downed and some 40 , 000 homes lost power temporarily before having electricity restored .
Rail services were suspended in some places in Taiwan but were expected to resume later Friday.
Last September , Typhoon Mangkhut slammed into mainland China where authorities evacuated 2 . 37 million people , after it left a trail of destruction in Hong Kong and Macau and killed at least 59 people in the northern Philippines.
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