Cempaka turns into typhoon as China approaches

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The storm had winds reaching 120 km / h (75 mph) and was located about 185 kilometers (115 miles) southwest of Hong Kong at 5 p.m. ET. Further intensification is not expected as it approaches land.

This satellite image shows Typhoon Cempaka on Tuesday morning.
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Landing is scheduled for Tuesday afternoon or evening, local time, near Yangjiang City, Southeast China’s Guangdong Province.

A strong wind signal No.3 was in effect for Hong Kong, indicating that wind speeds of 41-62 km / h (around 25-40 mph) are expected, according to the Observatory’s typhoon warning signals. from Hong Kong.

Cempaka will bring heavy flooding rains to southeast China for much of this week. Widespread precipitation of 100 to 200 millimeters (about 4 to 8 inches) is forecast for the provinces of Guangdong, Guangxi and Hainan. Isolated locations could approach 500 millimeters (about 20 inches) until Friday local time. There will also be strong gusting winds, especially near the coast where the storm will hit land, which could cause isolated power outages.

The Joint Typhoon Warning Center said it expects Cempaka to meander over those provinces and possibly return over the South China Sea by this weekend, maintaining a high risk of rain. and flooding, especially near the coast.

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