China on Saturday issued a red alert as typhoon Fitow, packed with high-power gusts, approached the country’s southeast coastal region.

China’s meteorological authority, while announcing the alert, said the typhoon is expected to move towards the northeast at a speed of about 15 km per hour, state-run Xinhua news agency reported.

Fitow is expected to bring waves as high as 12 meters in the southeast China Sea and waters around the Diaoyu Islands till Sunday, with waves of up to five meters in the north of the East China Sea and in the Taiwan Strait, the met office said.

This is the 23rd typhoon to hit China this year and it is likely to approach the coastal areas of central Zhejiang Province and northern Fujian Province between Sunday night and Monday morning.

The met office had issued an orange alert for high waves on Saturday too.

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