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Typhoon Xangsane to skirt China's Hainan, bringing heavy rains and wind

Typhoon Xangsane to skirt China's Hainan, bringing heavy rains and wind

Chinese state media said Friday that a deadly typhoon that battered the Philippines is likely to skirt Hainan, bringing strong winds and heavy rain to the island during the first few days of a weeklong national holiday.
The Hainan Meteorological Station said the center of the storm would pass just south of the island beginning Saturday, brining foul weather to the area through next Wednesday, the official Xinhua News Agency said.
The report said traffic delays were likely and that tourists headed to the island should monitor weather forecasts. China's weeklong National Day holiday begins Sunday. Hainan's beach resorts are a popular destination with Chinese and overseas holidaymakers.
Typhoon Xangsane killed at least 17 people in the Philippines. It weakened into a storm with winds of 69 mph as it passed over Manila and moved to the South China Sea Thursday evening, heading west toward Vietnam at 14 mph with gusts of up to 88 mph.
Xangsane is the Laotian word for elephant.