Some news on the emerging typhoon:
China and Vietnam evacuated hundreds of thousands of people from low-lying coastal areas on Wednesday as Typhoon Lekima lashed the region with torrential rains and heavy winds.
The storm passed over the central Vietnam province of Quang Binh on Wednesday night and blew westward toward Laos, officials said. They said the storm hit relatively under-populated areas but they would not know the extent of damage until Thursday.
The typhoon made landfall late on Tuesday near China’s beach resort of Sanya, on the southern tip of tropical Hainan island, trapping tourists and forcing the evacuation of 225,000 people
Disaster officials began evacuating 400,000 people on Wednesday as a typhoon approached Vietnam’s central coast, packing winds up to 83 mph.
Typhoon Lekima, which was upgraded from a tropical storm earlier in the day, was expected to make landfall in the central provinces of Nghe An, Ha Tinh and Quang Binh later Wednesday, according to the national weather forecast center.
- Thousands flee as typhoon nears China (USA Today)
- Typhoon Lekima threatens central region(VietNamNet)
- Government issues Lekima storm warnings(Viet Nam News)