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China Puts Eastern Province on Alert as Typhoons Approach

China put the eastern province of Zhejiang on alert as two typhoons approach the coast, bringing strong winds and heavy rains, the official Xinhua News Agency reported.

The State Oceanic Administration warned of high seas along the eastern coast and issued an orange alert, the second-highest level of its four-color warning system, Xinhua said.

Typhoon Bolaven, the 15th named storm of the 2012 Pacific typhoon season, is heading northwest at 15 to 20 kilometers an hour (9-12 mph) and is forecast to reach the East China Sea later today, Xinhua said, citing the National Meteorological Center.

Bolaven was located over the northwestern Pacific Ocean yesterday, 1,064 kilometers southeast of Zhejiang, Xinhua said. The provincial weather bureau forecast strong winds and heavy rains in Zhejiang from today until Aug. 28, Xinhua said.

Tembin, the year’s 14th named typhoon, which was 200 kilometers southeast between Guangdong and Fujian provinces early yesterday, will affect northeastern areas of the South China Sea in the next two days, Xinhua said.

The meteorological center has forecast moderate to heavy rains in the central and western parts of a region along the Yellow and Huaihe rivers, as well as the southeastern part of north China in the next two days, Xinhua said.

Southeastern Fujian province yesterday recalled all its fishing boats to shore as Tembin approached the coast carrying winds as strong as 87 kilometers an hour (54 miles per hour).

Tembin hit Taiwan on Aug. 24, forcing Taiwanese authorities to evacuate 4,800 people and close schools.

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