Authorities in some Chinese provinces have ordered school closures, suspended train and ferry services, and brought fishing boats back to port, as two typhoons head for the south and east of the country, according to state media reports.
Typhoons Linfa and Chan-Hom are expected to make landfall in the next two to three days, and weather authorities have issued the third highest level of typhoon alert for the two storms. Typhoon Chan-Hom's winds span over 77,000 square miles, and its massive cloud field covers an incredible 735,000 square miles, larger than the largest U.S. state, Alaska, the Washington Post reported.
The larger and more powerful of the two storms, Chan-Hom, is expected to arrive in the East China Sea early Friday, and strengthen into a super typhoon by the time it hits Fujian and neighboring Zhejiang province on Friday night. Fujian has already evacuated nearly 10,000 people, China's CCTV reported.
A third storm, Typhoon Nangka, is also moving toward China from the Pacific Ocean and though it is not the largest in size or closest to land, it is also forecast to possibly hit Japan and then China.
State media reported that China's commercial capital, Shanghai, is to stop all passenger trains running south along the coast on Friday and Saturday, and that primary and middle schools in 15 counties of Guangdong province had been closed.
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In Hong Kong, some school classes were suspended, and authorities issued a tropical cyclone warning as Linfa moved closer to the city Thursday. The Hong Kong Observatory said it would consider additional storm warnings, which could result in further school closures and other public safety measures being taken, “depending on Linfa's movement and intensity changes," the South China Morning Post reported.
Chan-Hom battered the U.S. territories of Guam and Rota over the weekend as a tropical storm, dumping over a foot of rainfall in some places with widespread radar-estimated totals over 6 inches, according to the Post.
On Wednesday, the China National Commission for Disaster Reduction and the Ministry of Civil Affairs urged people in areas that could be affected by the storms to stock up on enough necessities to last one to three days. It added that it had an emergency disaster relief plan prepared, according to Xinhua.