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China issues alerts as Typhoon Fitow approaches

By Pierre Meilhan, CNN
October 6, 2013 -- Updated 0645 GMT (1445 HKT)
Fishing boats berth in Zhoushan port to avoid the powerful typhoon Fitow in Zhoushan, in east China's Zhejiang province on October 5, 2013.
Fishing boats berth in Zhoushan port to avoid the powerful typhoon Fitow in Zhoushan, in east China's Zhejiang province on October 5, 2013.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Fitow battered Okinawa
  • It is forecast to make landfall in China on Monday morning

(CNN) -- China's maritime authorities issued red alerts on Sunday, representing the highest warning for storm tides and waves as Typhoon Fitow approached land, the country's state news agency, Xinhua, said.

Fitow battered the remote southern Japanese island of Okinawa late Saturday, with gusts of up to 120 kilometers per hour (74 miles per hour), Japan's Meteorological agency.

Fitow is forecast to make landfall between east China's Fujian and Zhejiang provinces on Monday morning, according to the National Marine Environmental Forecasting Center, Xinhua said.

Local authorities have been asked to reinforce harbor facilities and repair sea walls to prepare for the tides, according to Xinhua.

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