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

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

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.

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. [Guo Cheng/Xinhua] 

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.

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.

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