HANGZHOU -- East China's
Zhejiang Province has alerted low-lying coastal areas of the approach of a
tropical storm that formed early on Monday in the western Pacific.
Tropical storm Man-Yi was centered around 9.4 degrees north latitude and
142.7 degrees east longitude at 8:00 a.m., packing winds of up to 72 kilometers
per hour, according to the China Central Meteorological Station.
Man-Yi formed around 2:00 a.m. Monday east of the Philippines. The storm
would continue to gain strength, moving northwestward at a speed of 25
kilometers per hour, it said.
The flood control authorities of Zhejiang instructed coastal areas to be
alert, though forecasts said it was unlikely to affect China's offshore areas in
the next three days.
On August 10 last year, typhoon Saomai hit Zhejiang and neighboring Fujian
provinces, killing at least 483 people.
The last tropical storm, Toraji, affected about one million people when it
hit the southern coast of Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region on Thursday, but no
casualties were reported.