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In-Fa downgraded but no respite from rains

Weather warning for Typhoon In-Fa was downgraded to the lowest level, blue, by the Shanghai meteorological bureau yesterday afternoon. 

The eye of the typhoon — now categorized as a severe tropical storm — was in Jiashan County in neighboring Zhejiang Province at 3pm yesterday. It is expected to move further northwest, weakening steadily as it goes, the bureau said.

It made its first landfall on Sunday in Zhejiang’s Zhoushan City, then moved north across Hangzhou Bay before hitting land again in Pinghu, a county-level city under the administration of Jiaxing City in Zhejiang at 9:50am yesterday.

Strong winds and rain are forecast for the next two days in Shanghai. Temperatures are expected to range between 26 and 31 degrees Celsius from today until Friday, according to the bureau.

Shanghai’s flood prevention office also downgraded its emergency response to its lowest level at 4pm yesterday.

Air traffic at Pudong and Hongqiao airports were being gradually restored. All passenger flights at the two airports were canceled on Sunday due to the typhoon. Early yesterday, about 550 flights were canceled and 60 others were delayed at the Pudong airport. At the Hongqiao airport, over 200 flights were canceled and some 30 others were delayed.

In the afternoon, high-speed train operations from Shanghai South Railway Station to Beijing South Railway Station resumed. All train services in the Yangtze River Delta region will restart from today, the China Railway Shanghai Group said. Metro services in the city, some of which were suspended due to the typhoon, were back to normal from 6pm yesterday.

Tourist attractions such as the Shanghai Disneyland and the Shanghai Haichang Ocean Park will reopen today.

In-Fa splashed heavy rains across Shanghai yesterday. From 8am to 3pm, Jinshanwei in Jinshan District recorded the heaviest rainfall — about 84.5 millimeters.

With the typhoon decreasing in strength, Jinshan downgraded its emergency response to level two around noon. Bus services resumed, and educational institutions, companies and factories were allowed to start operations.

However, wind and rain are forecast for the next few days, delaying the district-wide flood drainage work by several days.

Even if the rain stops immediately, it will still need at least two to three days for the water levels of rivers to return to their normal level, according to the district’s water conservancy authority.

The water level of Zhangjing River had reached 3.9 meters high by 6pm, exceeding the warning level of 3.3m and the historical high of 3.77m.

The heavy rainfalls have waterlogged 15 underpasses, 53 road intersections and 26 residential complexes. Besides, the strong winds have blown away 43,911 trees, 65 billboards and four glass walls. The Huating Xincun residential complex in Jinshan was heavily flooded with water up to 50 centimeters deep. It was being pumped out late yesterday.


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