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Trains canceled as city braces for typhoon

A BLUE typhoon alert, the lowest in a four-tier system, was issued at 6:30pm yesterday by the city’s weather bureau due to Typhoon Hagupit.

The city’s flood bureau also raised its emergency response level yesterday.

Hagupit was upgraded at 2pm with a wind force 117 to 134 kilometers per hour and the intensity still increasing, Shanghai Meteorological Bureau said.

It was expected to land in neighboring Zhejiang Province last night or this morning. The maximum wind force in Shanghai’s coastal areas will reach 75 to 88 kph and 89 to 102 kph in Yangshan Port, sufficient to uproot trees, the bureau said.

Sixty trains leaving from or stopping at Shanghai’s two railway stations have been halted or will suspend operation yesterday and today due to Hagupit, China Railway Shanghai Group announced.

Trains such as the G7333 from Shanghai Hongqiao Railway Station to Wenzhou South Railway Station, the D2287 from Hongqiao to Shenzhen North Railway Station, the G598 from Hongqiao to Hankou Railway Station, and the D3205 from Hongqiao to Xiamen North Railway Station were halted yesterday.

Today, 10 trains, including the D3145 from Hongqiao to Ganzhou Railway Station, the G7511 from Hongqiao to Wenzhou South, the G7335 from Hongqiao to Cangnan Railway Station, and the G7064 from Shanghai Railway Station to Nanjing South Railway Station, will be suspended, the group said.

Full refunds will be offered to ticket holders.

Schedules will be adjusted according to how the typhoon develops.

At 5pm yesterday, Hagupit was about 530 kilometers southeast of Shanghai and moving northwest at 25 kph, according to the Central Meteorological Observatory.

It is expected to bring rainfall and a modest fall in temperature today.

The Shanghai bureau issued a yellow alert, the third-highest in the four-tier system, for heat at noon yesterday, with a temperature of 35.1 degrees Celsius recorded at the Xujiahui meteorological center in Xuhui District.

The high today will be 32 degrees with thunder and showers but gradually rise to 37 degrees on Sunday, it noted.


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