September 14th, 2009

Tropical Storm Koppu

Posted at 4:00 PM ET

small-koppuTropical Storm Koppu is located approximately 90 miles (145 kilometers) south-southwest of Hong Kong and is tracking west-northwest, according to the Joint Typhoon Warning Center (JTWC). Koppu is currently a strong tropical storm and is moving at 13 mph (22 kmph) with sustained winds of around 70 mph (111 kmph).According to the JTWC, Koppu is forecast to maintain its west-northwest motion over the next 12 hours, before making landfall in the Chinese province of Guangdong at around 09:00 UTC on 15 September. Koppu is expected to intensify into a typhoon over the next 12 hours and remain a typhoon until landfall in southwestern Guangdong. Tropical storm-force winds are expected to hit Hong Kong over the next 12 hours.

China’s State Disaster Relief Commission has issued an alert for several provinces and autonomous regions that include Guangdong, Hainan, Sichuan, Guizhou, Yunnan and Guangxi. In Fujian, the province’s observatory has warned of gales and heavy rainfall over the next 24 hours in the coastal cities of Xiamen, Zhangzhou, Quanzhou and Longyan. Elsewhere, more than 26,000 boats have been told to return to harbor while more than 100 workers have been evacuated from an offshore gas and oil field in the region.

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Sources: Joint Typhoon Warning Center, WSI, Xinhua News Agency

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Sources: National Hurricane Center, WSI, Associated Press, Agence France Presse, Reuters News

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