China Braces For Typhoon Lekima

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China Braces For Typhoon Lekima
The storm is expected to make landfall early Saturday local time.
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China has issued its highest warning as Typhoon Lekima moves toward the coast.

The National Meteorological Center put parts of Eastern China on red alert, forcing thousands of fishing boats to return to shore. The storm is expected to make landfall early Saturday local time, bringing heavy rains. 

Authorities closed schools and businesses in Taipei, Taiwan's capital, on Friday ahead of the storm.

The storm system has already left over 14,000 homes without power on Japan's Okinawa Islands.

Additional reporting from Newsy affiliate CNN.