Tropical Storm Mujigae to Strike China's Resort Island of Hainan
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As the Bahamas emerges from Hurricane Joaquin, another popular tropical destination half a world away is bracing for a storm of its own — right in the middle of a major local holiday.
Tropical Storm Mujigae is approaching China’s southern resort island of Hainan, and according to the national meteorological association, she’s due to strengthen into a typhoon by landfall Sunday afternoon, local time, packing winds in excess of 94 mph, the Associated Press reported.
Mujigae’s landfall will occur at the midpoint of National Day, a weeklong holiday that has thousands of Chinese tourists visiting Hainan, the AP said.
Xinhua News Agency said more than 80,000 vacationers showed up at the island province Friday, citing local government statistics.
Hainan is home to hotels, resorts and spas owned and operated by some of the biggest names in the hospitality industry.
And it looks like visitors will be enjoying the indoor amenities instead of popular scenic outdoor spots as the storm passes. According to Xinhua, tourism departments in both the provincial capital of Haikou and southernmost city of Sanya, “have closed all mountain activities over safety concerns.”
Mujigae is also impacting land, sea and air transportation. Xinhua reported that provincial authorities ceased train and ferry service between Hainan and the mainland Friday night. Hainan airports are “expected to readjust flights,” the Chinese news agency said, and accommodate stranded passengers as well.
The AP said that heavy rain is expected in Hainan, neighboring Guangdong province on the Chinese mainland, along with parts of northern Vietnam. Mujigae is due to dissipate over China Tuesday.
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