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Tropical Storm Soudelor Lands in South China

Updated Beijing Time

Source: Xinhua

A motorcyclist wades through an inundated street after strong rainfalls brought upon by tropical storm Soudelor in Qionghai City, south China's Hainan Province, July 12, 2009. The tropical storm Soudelor made its landing on the north of Wenchang County on Hainan Island at half past five am, July 12, with the maximal wind speed in the center as high as 18 meters per second. The Hainan Provincial Weather Bureau has issued red alert signal against rainstorm.(Xinhua/Meng Zhongde)

The fifth tropical storm this year, Soudelor, made landfall in south China's Hainan and Guangdong provinces Sunday, bringing strong winds and heavy rains.

The storm hit Wenchang of Hainan Island at 5:30 a.m. and moved further inland at Nanshan Township of Guangdong in the mainland at 8:20 a.m., with a speed of up to 65 kilometers per hour at the eye, according to the Guangdong provincial meteorological administration.

The storm, which formed in the sea to the north of Luzon Island, Philippines, on Friday, packed winds of up to 97.2 km per hour and downpours to the western coast of Guangdong.

The storm is expected to move westward to approach to the northern coast of Vietnam Sunday evening.

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Editor: Zhu Yanshan

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