CHINA UPGRADES WAVE WARNING FOR TYPHOON SOULIK

12 Jul 2013 11:19

BEIJING, July 12 (Bernama) -- A yellow wave warning for Typhoon Soulik was raised to orange Friday morning, Xinhua news agency quoted the National Marine Environmental Forecasting Centres as saying. From midday Friday to midday Saturday, Soulik is expected to whip up sea waves as high as 8 to 11 metres in the southern part of the East China Sea and in waters near the Diaoyu Islands. It is also expected to create waves ranging in height from 4 to 7 metres in the Taiwan Strait, and waves of 3.5 to 5.5 metres near Zhejiang and Fujian provinces. The forecasting centre said the wave warning could be upgraded to red Friday afternoon. Soulik is expected to make landfall in northern Taiwan during the night on Friday before moving towards Zhejiang and Fujian from midday to evening Saturday. The centre also forecast up to 180 cm of precipitation from Friday to Saturday morning in coastal areas in Zhejiang and Fujian. China uses a four-tier colour coded weather warning system, with red representing the most severe weather followed by orange, yellow and blue. --BERNAMA EE