Typhoon Kujira alert

China’s National Meteorological Center has issued a blue alert, the lowest level in its four-tier warning system, for Typhoon Kujira.

Kujira, the eighth typhoon in 2015 and the first one to hit China, was formed in the South China Sea on Sunday morning.

Residents in south and east China are bracing for downpours and strong winds as Typhoon Kujira races northward from the South China Sea.

It’s expected to land somewhere between Wanning in the southern Hainan Province and Zhanjiang in Guangdong Province on Monday night.

It will weaken gradually after hitting land.

Meteorologists warned ships against passing through typhoon-affected areas in the sea.

However, the rainfall will be more than welcome in Hainan, since the province is being hit by the most severe drought since 1959.

Hot and dry weather has dominated the region since May, with 30 percent of the tropical islands affected.

Cities including the beach resort Sanya have to open new deep wells for drinking water.

The weather department has issued an orange drought alert, the second-most severe alert.

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