Typhoon Phanfone approaching China, warns MeT dept

A powerful typhoon is moving into East China Sea after barreling into southwestern Japan, China's marine forecast station warned on Sunday.

PTI| Updated: Oct 05, 2014, 20:30 PM IST

Beijing: A powerful typhoon is moving into East China Sea after barreling into southwestern Japan, China's marine forecast station warned on Sunday.

Typhoon Phanfone, which was downgraded from an earlier super typhoon, is moving at a speed of 20 km per hour, according to the station which issued a yellow alert for the typhoon.

The typhoon could create waves up to seven meters high in the eastern part of the East China Sea between Sunday noon and Monday noon, according to the forecast, state-run Xinhua news agency reported.

Waves as high as 3 meters will be seen off the coast near Shanghai and Zhejiang Province, the center said, warning vessels operating in the waters to take precautions.

China has a four-tier color-coded weather warning system, with red representing the most severe warning, followed by orange, yellow and blue.

The station said another typhoon, Vongfong, which was about 660 kilometers east-southeast of Guam as of today morning, is approaching the Mariana Islands.