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Music fest might be postponed as Typhoon Muifa approaches

A beach music festival with tens of thousands of fans expected to attend in Shanghai's Jinshan District this weekend faces possible cancellation as the powerful Typhoon Muifa approaches, festival organizers said today.

"It is still not decided whether the festival should be canceled or not, what path Muifa will take is still unknown," said an official surnamed Wu with the Jinshan District government, one of the festival's organizers.

Wu said if the typhoon slammed neighboring Zhejiang Province, the festival would be canceled for the sake of the audience's safety, as experts at the Shanghai Meteorological Bureau expected it might bring destructive storms to the city.

About 30,000 tickets for the beach festival have been sold, said the organizers.

The meteorological bureau said Muifa had been upgraded to a super typhoon of the highest level and it's likely to cause serious storm conditions in Shanghai this weekend.

Heavy rainstorms drenched downtown Shanghai streets this afternoon and the bureau will hold a press conference later in afternoon to give the public more details about Typhoon Muifa.

China has issued an orange alert for wild seas to ships and fishing boats on the East China Sea. An orange alert is the second highest alert level in the four-level sea wave alert system.

In 24 hours, eastern parts of the East China Sea are predicted to see swells of 6 to 9 meters high, China's National Marine Environmental Forecasting Center said in a statement today.

Waters off Zhejiang Province and north Fujian Province will see swells of 1.5 to 2.5 meters, the statement said.


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