China’s marine patrol ship Haixun 31 prepares to leave Haikou for Qiongzhou Strait, south China’s Hainan Province, June 21, 2013. Tropical Storm Bebinca is estimated to reach southern South China Sea from Saturday night to Sunday, local meteorological observatory warned. [Photo: Xinhua/Zhao Yingquan]
Tropical storm "Bebinca," expected to be the first to make landfall in China this year, should arrive in the southern province of Guangdong on Saturday, the weather bureau said on Friday.

Bebinca, which formed on Friday, was in seawater 550 km southeast of Yangjiang City in Guangdong at 10 a.m., said Zhang Dong, chief weatherman of the provincial meteorological station.

"With maximum winds of 80 km per hour, it is heading northwest toward Guangdong’s coastal areas at 15 to 20 km per hour," he said. "It’s expected to make landfall near Taishan or Wenchang of the neighboring Hainan Province on Saturday."

Affected by the tropical storm, coastal areas in the western parts of Guangdong will be battered by gales and torrential rain in the coming two days, said Zhang.

Local authorities have warned citizens to be on guard against extreme weather conditions and potential resulting damage.

Bebinca is named after a pudding common in Macao.


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