The fourth tropical storm this year, Nangka, made landfall at 10:30 p.m. Friday in Huizhou City in south China's Guangdong Province, local authorities said.
The storm brought heavy rains at its eye. More rains are expected in the next two days in coastal areas as Nangka is moving northward, according to the provincial meteorological administration.
| The skyline of Haikou, capital of south China's Hainan Province, is overcast by clouds, June 26, 2009 as tropical storm Nangka approaches. [Xinhua]|
But there was no wind at the eye in Huidong County. Shops and taxies ran as normal after the landing of the storm.
The State Flood Control and Drought Relief Headquarters urged local departments to monitor the situation closely and promptly relocate residents along the storm's route.
More than 2,700 fishermen and 1,036 boats in Huidong were recalled to port as of 3 p.m. Friday, officials said.
| Two locals walk in the rain in Shenzhen at night as Nangka, the fourth tropical storm this year, makes landfall Friday night in Guangdong province.[Xinhua]|
Local officials strengthened monitoring and prepared relief materials in case of landslides and mud-rock flows triggered by the heavy rains.
Officials said they would also take the chance to store water in reservoirs for draught relief after the storm passed.
Previously, the third tropical storm Linfa roared in south and east China, triggering torrential rain, strong winds and landslides. At least one was dead and another six missing in Guangdong, Zhejiang and Fujian provinces.
(Xinhua News Agency June 27, 2009)