China’s Northeastern Coast Braces for Tropical Storm

Posted June 26th, 2011 at 7:25 pm (UTC-5)
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China's eastern coast is bracing for strong winds and heavy rains as tropical storm Meari moves northward from the southern Yellow Sea waters.

The National Meteorological Center said Sunday that the storm could make a landfall early Monday in northeastern China, close to the border with North Korea.

China's official news agency Xinhua says strong winds and heavy rain are expected near the coasts of Shandong, Liaoning, and Jilin provinces.

The news agency says stormy weather off the coast of Shandong sank and stranded three vessels Sunday, but the 26 people on board have all been rescued.

South Korean media reported that Meari passed through parts of the South Korean coast early Sunday, killing two people, knocking out power lines on the southern resort island of Jeju and forcing some domestic flight cancellations.

The storm left the Philippines Saturday where it caused massive floods and left about 15 people missing.