Storm in South China halts Hainan shipping and rail
Shipping and rail services across the Qiongzhou Strait between south China’s Hainan Province and the mainland have been suspended as strong tropical storm Lekima is heading toward the island, the Xinhua news service said Monday.
'Hainan's maritime bureau ordered a suspension of all navigation across the strait at 6 p.m. Monday due to the upcoming storm, said an official with the passenger transportation at the port of Haikou, capital of Hainan,' the report said. 'Train services between Sanya, a southern coastal city of Hainan and Xuwen, Zhanjiang and Guangzhou in the mainland were also suspended, according to railway authorities. The center of Lekima was spotted in central South China Sea, about 390 kilometers southeast of Sanya at 8 p.m. Monday, packing winds of up to 108 km per hour and moving west-northwestward at a speed of 10 to 15 km per hour.'
The storm is expected to make landfall Tuesday night or Wednesday morning.