Typhoon Megi to hit south China coasts on 23 October

20 October 2010 11:04  [Source: ICIS news]

SHANGHAI (ICIS)--Super typhoon “Megi” will likely hit the coastal regions of southern China on Saturday, with heavy downpour expected in the provinces of Guangdong, Guangxi and Hainan, according to the China Meteorological Administration (CMA) on Wednesday.

The government agency forecast the worst condition in the South China Sea in 20 years as the typhoon heads towards China, after killing 11 in the Philippines, based on media accounts.

Megi, the 13th typhoon to hit China this year, was packing winds of up to 260 kilometres per hour, making it the strongest typhoon to appear in the northwest Pacific since 1990 and the strongest typhoon of the year worldwide, the CMA said.

Petrochemical companies in south China are currently taking precautionary measures, expecting the typhoon to disrupt shipping activities for a few days.

Guangdong KingBoard decided to delay the scheduled maintenance of its 200,000 tonne/year phenol/acetone plant, because of Megi, said a source close to the company.

The planned turnaround was originally scheduled on 20 October.

“We decide to run at full rate instead of [doing] the maintenance,” said the source, citing dangers of conducting maintenance works during typhoons.

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