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Sanba to blow past Shanghai, hit north

SUPER typhoon Sanba will bring strong winds to regions along its course, including the Shanghai area, and bring heavy rainfall to China's northeastern provinces over the next few days, the national meteorological authority said yesterday.

Storms will hit the north and southeast of Heilongjiang Province and eastern Jilin Province, while some regions will see downpours of 100 to 120 millimeters, Xinhua news agency reported.

Sanba's influence on Shanghai won't be as strong as in those provinces as it heads north at a distance from the coastline, the city's weather authority said.

The speed at the center of the super typhoon is 52 meters per second, and its strength will stay unchanged or slightly weaken as it moves northward toward the south of the Korean Peninsula, the center said. It is expected to hit South Korea today.

Winds, then warmer

The center forecast that the typhoon will bring strong wind to the western part of East China Sea, waters east of Taiwan, the estuary of the Yangtze River, the Hangzhou Bay, coastal areas in Jiangsu, Zhejiang and Fujian provinces, and the central and southern parts of the Yellow Sea over the next day, Xinhua reported.

The nation's flood control authority told residents in coastal regions to prepare for possible influences of Sanba.

Gales were expected last night in the coastal areas of Pudong New Area and Chongming Island as Sanba reached Shanghai's latitude but no severe conditions were expected, the bureau said.

Shanghai's weather should be favorable in the next few days, cloudy some days and others sunny with a high reaching 28 degrees Celsius later in the week, according to the Shanghai Meteorological Bureau. The meteorological autumn is still some time off as the days are to become warmer this week, officials said.

Today is to be cloudy with temperatures from 20 to 25 degrees Celsius. It should be sunny starting tomorrow, with a low of 19 degrees to a high of 28.


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