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City issues typhoon alert as menace of Muifa looms

THIS year's first typhoon alert was issued this morning as Muifa was moving closer to Shanghai, packing winds of up to 162 kilometers per hour and threatening havoc in the next two days, weathermen said.

Shanghai Meteorological Bureau said Muifa was 910 kilometers away from the city at 8am today and was moving at a speed of 15 kilometers per hour towards the Chinese coast.

The super typhoon is expected to land in northern coast of Zhejiang Province tomorrow night and swirl past the west of Shanghai, the bureau said.

Shanghai is expected to suffer vehement storms with winds of up to 117 kilometers per hour in downtown and 133 kilometers per hour in the coastal area. The stormy weather will last until Sunday.

"We are facing a big challenge from the typhoon," said Shen Jun, vice mayor of Shanghai. "Everyone should take precautions."

Shen asked all organizations to guard against the typhoon, evacuate people from the coast area, and fasten billboards and neon lights.

The Shanghai Flood Control Headquarters said they are monitoring the waves and tides in the city's rivers and will probably issue an orange flood alert, the second highest of a four-color warning system, if necessary.

Rescue crews from police, army and fire departments have been put on standby to respond to any emergencies caused by the typhoon, Shen said.


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