The 18th Typhoon Kompasu of this year is forecasted to bring strong winds and rain to southern parts of China.
Kompasu was observed in the northeastern part of the South China Sea at around 10 a.m. on Tuesday, about 910 km east of Wanning City, Hainan Province.
According to the provincial meteorological administration, packing winds with a speed up to 90 km per hour at its center.
It would move westward at a speed of about 28 km per hour toward the island province.
The provincial flood, wind, and drought control headquarters have upgraded its emergency response to level-III at 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday.
The provincial meteorological authority said that the typhoon was expected to make landfall in the coastal areas from Wenchang City to Lingshui Li Autonomous County from the afternoon to the night on Wednesday.
Affected by both the typhoon and cold air, Hainan as well as the eastern and southern parts of Guangdong Province would be hit by heavy rain.
So far, three ports in Haikou, the capital of Hainan, have suspended operation.
Fishing boats have been called to return to sport and outdoor activities have been halted.
The provincial emergency management department said the typhoon would bring serious impact to Hainan’s agriculture.