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Transport services restored as typhoon stays offshore

Transport links in Shanghai were largely restored yesterday as a typhoon remained offshore.

Typhoon Chanthu brought high winds and rain to the city and the surrounding region, but not at the level it would have if it had made landfall.

The storm has been weakening and was lingering yesterday about 225 kilometers east of Shanghai, packing maximum sustained winds of 126 kilometers per hour, the China Meteorological Association said.

It was due to begin moving northeast toward South Korea and Japan tomorrow.

The Shanghai flood prevention office downgraded the emergency response to level three, the second-lowest level.

Operations at Shanghai’s two airports were fully restored yesterday evening.

Additional security inspection channels have been opened at Pudong and Hongqiao international airports to handle the stranded travelers, the Shanghai Airport Authority said.

More taxis have been dispatched to the airport terminals to pick up an increasing number of arriving passengers.

In the terminal buildings, temporary resting areas have been set up for stranded passengers, while fire prevention and medical personnel are standing by to serve travelers. Few restaurants and convenience stores have been operating round the clock.

The airport authority has been working closely with airlines to predict the movement of the typhoon and made timely adjustments to flight operations.

The first restored flight took off from Hongqiao airport at 10:06am yesterday, while the first flight left Pudong airport at 2:02pm.

All flights had been canceled since 11am on Monday.

Meanwhile, apart from the Jinshan Railway, train services had gradually resumed from yesterday, said the China Railway Shanghai Group. Also, five Metro lines that were partially or entirely out of service in the city have resumed operation.

The Shanghai Meteorological Bureau downgraded the typhoon alert to yellow at noon yesterday. However, due to the typhoon’s spiral rain bands, heavy rain and strong wind are likely to remain in the city but will start to weaken from tomorrow.

The temperature is expected to range between 24 and 27 degrees Celsius today, with the high climbing back to over 30 degrees and the low staying at around 25 tomorrow and on Friday, according to the forecasters.

Chanthu drenched Taiwan with up to 13 centimeters of rain on Sunday as the storm’s center passed the island’s east coast before heading north to Shanghai.

The storm grazed the island of Luzon in the Philippines last week, but no flooding or damage was reported.




 

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