Oct 3, 2:45 AM EDT

Tropical storm bears down on southern China's Hainan island amid National Day holiday

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BEIJING (AP) -- A strong tropical storm was bearing down Saturday on China's southern resort island of Hainan at the height of the country's weeklong National Day holiday.

Tropical Storm Mujigae is expected to strengthen into a typhoon by the time it lands on Hainan around noon Sunday with wind speeds of more than 151 kilometers (94 miles) per hour, according to the national meteorological agency.

Heavy rain is expected for the island as well as neighboring Guangdong province.

As of midday Saturday, the storm was moving northwest at about 22 kph (13 mph). Parts of northern Vietnam were also bracing for heavy rain and high winds before the storm dissipates around Tuesday after arriving on the Chinese mainland.

Sunday marks the midpoint of the National Day holiday, when thousands of Chinese tourists flock to Hainan and other popular vacation destinations.

The Hainan provincial government's website said fishing boats had been ordered to remain in port, but gave no word on evacuations or other emergency measures.

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