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City prepares for gales and bucketing rain

SHANGHAI is expected to feel the main impact of Typhoon Morakot today and tomorrow with torrential rain and strong winds forecast as the city prepares for emergency responses.

Morakot will dump rain ranging from 60 to 90 millimeters per hour in most parts of the city, rising to an incredible 150 millimeters per hour in some southern areas, according to Shanghai Meteorological Bureau.

Wind speeds are expected to hover around 74 kilometers per hour in downtown areas and may even reach 117km/h around Yangshan Deep-Water Port.

Surges of about 4.5 meters high are predicted on coastal seas today.

The level of Huangpu River continued to rise yesterday, exceeding warning lines along with the rivers and creeks in Qingpu, Jinshan and Songjiang districts due to the fifth tide of the flood season this year, according to Shanghai Water Affairs Bureau.

The bureau has sluiced 160 million cubic meters of water and lowered river and creek levels by 30 to 40 centimeters since Friday.

The bureau has set up seven teams to beef up the deliveries of anti-flood material and patrol potential flood areas.

More operators have been added to the 110 emergency telephone system and there will be police officers on standby at every district police bureau during the typhoon period, according to Shanghai police.

Expo sites are being monitored around the clock and the drainage system, floodwalls and pumps have all been thoroughly checked.

More than 100 ships had been affected, either canceling or postponing their trips, local port immigration authorities said last night.

Twenty ocean freighters at Waigaoqiao Port had canceled departures since 2pm on Saturday.

Wusong Port said nearly 40 overseas ships had canceled or delayed departures or docking since Thursday.

Climber quizzed

More ships will be affected as winds strengthen and seas become rougher, according to immigration police.

Local ports have stepped up police presence to prepare for emergencies.

Maritime authorities are questioning a man who was nearly drowned by rising tides after climbing a shipping marker at the mouth of the Yangtze River yesterday.

The 30-year-old tourist from Guangdong Province was rescued with the help of four maritime patrol boats.

He stepped onto the 15-meter marker when sightseeing alone in heavy wind.

As of yesterday afternoon, air traffic at the two local airports remained unaffected, according to airport immigration authorities.


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