| Updated at: 0917 PST, Saturday, September 18, 2010|
BEIJING: Chinese forecasters issued an alert on Saturday as the most powerful typhoon of the year threatened the country, state media said.
Typhoon Fanapi was 500 kilometres (300 miles) southeast of the Taiwanese coast at around dawn on Saturday, a local news agency said, citing the country's National Meteorological Centre.
The storm, packing winds of up to 162 kilometres per hour, is the 11th of the year, the report said.
The typhoon was expected to hit Taiwan's east coast on Sunday morning before making landfall on the Chinese mainland on Sunday night or Monday morning.