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2 storms likely to bring hard rain, gales to city

SHANGHAI residents are being warned to expect serious showers and gales from today to Saturday as two storms - Saola and Damrey - arrive in China almost at the same time.

The Shanghai Meteorological Bureau issued this year's first typhoon report yesterday warning that the storms should land in neighboring provinces between this afternoon and tomorrow, bringing potential rainfall of 30 to 70 millimeters in the next three days.

Gales reaching speeds of 62 to 74 kilometers per hour are expected in urban areas while those in coastal areas could reach 102kph.

"Damrey is much faster and should land earlier while Saola is much stronger," said Man Liping, a chief service officer with the bureau.

Today is forecast to be overcast to showery, with heavy rain in some areas. Temperatures should range from 27 to 32 degrees Celsius, the bureau said. Tomorrow should be cloudy to overcast, with showers and the maximum temperature should drop to 31 degrees.

Typhoon Saola was 880 kilometers southeast of Shanghai at 2pm yesterday and moving northwest at 10kph.

It is expected to sweep north of Taiwan today and land in north Fujian Province or in the middle of Zhejiang Province tomorrow.

Strong tropical storm Damrey was 900 kilometers east of Shanghai and moving much faster at 33kph to Shandong and Jiangsu provinces. It is expected to land early this afternoon.

From today to tomorrow, Shanghai should also experience a monthly astronomical tide which, with the storms, might present challenges for the city's flood control systems, the bureau said.

The storms are already affecting flights at Shanghai's two airports. Three flights to Taiwan were canceled yesterday with other flights to southern cities, such as Hong Kong, being delayed. Passengers should check flight information with their airlines.

Maritime authorities are watching for high winds at sea.

A Panama-flagged cargo ship with a crew of 16 North Korean and Myanmar sailors onboard was towed back to Shanghai after it broke down on the East China Sea. The ship, Bandai V, was heading to Zhejiang Province to take shelter from the coming storms, officials said. The ship, carrying chemical goods, reported a steering engine malfunction late Tuesday night. A rescue team based at the mouth of Yangtze River towed the ship in yesterday.


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