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Shanghai braces for showers

TYPHOON Hagupit, which formed in the east China sea on Saturday, will bring gales and showers to Shanghai today.

Hagupit is the fourth typhoon of the year, the National Meteorological Center said yesterday.

China’s national observatory yesterday issued a blue alert for Typhoon Hagupit, which is expected to bring gales and torrential rains to south China.

The typhoon strengthened from a tropical depression on Saturday evening and was observed at waters 800 kilometers southeast of Cangnan County in east China’s Zhejiang Province at 5am yesterday, with a maximum wind force of 64.8km per hour in the center, the National Meteorological Center said.

The observatory expects the typhoon to move northwestward at a speed of 15km to 20km per hour before making landfall on the coastline between Zhejiang and Fujian this evening, where it will quickly weaken.

The maximum wind force in the coastal areas of Shanghai will reach 75 to 88km per hour today, posing a risk to some houses, the Shanghai Meteorological Center reported.

Although Hagupit will bring showers and heavy rain to the city from today until Wednesday, it isn’t expected to dissipate the heat.

Temperatures this week will still be above 33 degrees Celsius. 

Typhoon Hagupit prompted China’s State Flood Control and Drought Relief Headquarters to activate Level IV emergency response yesterday against typhoons and floods.

The headquarters and the Ministry of Emergency Management stressed yesterday the need to closely monitor the development of the typhoon and to timely relocate vessels and people in areas likely to be affected, while calling for precautions against disasters like floods and urban waterlogging.

There were no typhoons in July this year, the first time since 1949, the authority said.

But two to three typhoons are expected to land in China this August, more than the average of 1.9 for the same month over the years between 1949 and 2019, according to Xiang Chunyi, a senior engineer with the China Meteorological Administration.

Typhoon Sinlaku, which also formed on Saturday, is moving away from China, and its intensity is weakening

Ferry services in south China’s Qiongzhou Strait resumed early yesterday after a 40-hour suspension due to Typhoon Sinlaku.

The ferry traffic between Hainan and Guangdong provinces was suspended at 6pm on Friday as a precaution against gales and torrential downpours.

Passenger trains and high-speed rail services circling the island of Hainan had started plying yesterday, while flight service at local airports has been gradually resuming.

Typhoon Sinlaku, the third this year, strengthened from a tropical depression Saturday afternoon. It swept the coastal waters south of the city of Sanya, Hainan, before heading to the Beibu Gulf, the National Meteorological Center said. The center forecast that the typhoon would continue moving northwest and make landfall on the northern coast of Vietnam.


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