Tropical storm Higos lands in S China

08:24, October 04, 2008

Higos, the 17th tropical storm of the year, landed in China's southernmost Hainan Province Friday evening, local observatory said.

Higos landed at 10:15 p.m. in Longlou Town, Wenchang City, 19.6 degrees north latitude and 111.0 degrees east longitude. The wind speed at the eye of the storm was 18 meters per second, according to the Hainan Provincial Meteorological Observatory.


Passengers debark as two officials check at the Qinglan port in south China's Hainan Province Oct. 3, 2008. (Xinhua/Zhao Yingquan)

It was forecast to weaken and move northwest towards the coastal areas of western Guangdong Province.


Delayed trucks are parked at the Xiuying port in Haikou, capital of south China's Hainan Province Oct. 3, 2008, due to the suspension of ferry service.(Xinhua/Guo Cheng)

In total, 24,115 fishing boats in the province had returned to port and coastal fisheries staff had gone home. All recreational sporting activities on the air or sea were also suspended on Friday, said Lin Mingzhong, Hainan Provincial Office for Flood, Wind and Drought Control deputy director.


A rescue ship waits at a port in Haikou, capital of south China's Hainan Province Oct. 3, 2008. Higos, the 17th tropical storm this year, will drop heavy rain on parts of south China's Guangdong and Hainan provinces over the next two days, the country's National Meteorological Observatory said on Thursday. (Xinhua Photo)

He predicted Higos would have minor impact on the island as the rainfall was expected to be around 100 mm. It was likely to affect some small reservoirs as their current water level was high.

Higos was formed on Tuesday in the Pacific Ocean, coming on the heels of tropical storms Jangmi and Hagupit, which combined had killed about 20 people in China.


Vessels drive back to a port in Haikou, capital of south China's Hainan Province Oct. 3, 2008. Higos, the 17th tropical storm this year, will drop heavy rain on parts of south China's Guangdong and Hainan provinces over the next two days, the country's National Meteorological Observatory said on Thursday. (Xinhua Photo)

Source: Xinhua

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