BEIJING, 4th October, 2015 (WAM) — China is on red alert, the highest level, as typhoon Mujigae is expected to land around noon on Sunday, state news agency, Xinhua, is reporting.

At 5 a.m. local time Sunday, Mujigae, the 22nd typhoon of the year, was about 205 kilometers off the coast of Zhanjiang City, Guangdong Province, packing strong winds of up to 48 meters per second, the National Meteorological Centre, NMC, said.

The typhoon is forecast to move northwest at a speed of up to 25 km per hour and make landfall at noon on the shores between Xuwen and Dianbai counties of Guangdong. It is expected to arrive at Guangxi tonight.

Mujugae will bring gales and torrential rain to the coastal regions of Guangdong and Guangxi on Sunday and Monday, and local authorities are on guard against its approach.

In Guangdong, 38,900 fishing boats have returned to harbour or nearby shelters and more than 10,000 fishermen went ashore from their fish farms.

Meanwhile, the Guangdong provincial government ordered the suspension of all maritime travel or entertainment activities.

High-speed trains linking Haikou and Sanya, both in Hainan Province, have been suspended for Saturday and Sunday and a total of 68 flights from and to the Haikou Meilan International Airport were canceled yesterday.

The tropical storm coincides with the week-long National Day holiday, and many tourists are vacationing on the island province of Hainan. More than 80,000 people visited Hainan on Friday, up 8.65 percent from the same period last year, statistics from the province show.

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

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