The southern Chinese province of Hainan ordered the suspension of all ferry services in Qiongzhou Strait starting on Tuesday, October 13, as this year's 16th typhoon barrels toward land.
Ferry operations between Hainan-Guangdong Province were halted from 3 am on Tuesday as a precaution against torrential downpours and gales, according to Hainan Maritime Safety Administration.
The port city Sanya ordered all schools to suspend classes from Tuesday noon through Wednesday noon, and all tourist sites were temporarily closed.
Typhoon Nangka was around 220 km east of Wanning, Hainan Province, at 8:00 a.m. and expected to make landfall in the coastal regions from Lingshui to Wenchang, the local meteorological authority announced.
Meanwhile, the typhoon is expected to generate gales and heavy rains in parts of Hainan and Guangdong provinces as well as Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region from Tuesday through Wednesday.