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Muggy, wet days in Morakot's wake

Meteorologists said Shanghai will experience muggy and wet days for this week as Typhoon Morakot heads north.
Maximum temperatures expected will be between 30 and 33 degrees Celsius, the Shanghai Meteorological Bureau forecast.
Morakot was downgraded to a tropical storm at 2am today, the bureau said.
The bureau issued an orange storm alert at 3.30am as storms associated with Morakot hit most of Shanghai early this morning.
Chenfangqiao in Songjiang District recorded the highest rainfall with 114 millimeters, while areas in the Xuhui, Minhang, Zhabei, Hongkou, Baoshan, Jiading, Yangpu, Putuo, Changning, Qingpu, Huangpu and Luwan districts as well as Chongming County received more than 50mm, today's Xinmin Evening News reported.
The heavy rains flooded more than 20 roads in the Songjiang, Minhang, Xuhui and Yangpu districts as well as more than 20 households in the Hongkou and Qingpu districts.
Scaffolding in a Huangpu District project collapsed, but no casualties were reported.
Morakot reached southern Zhejiang Province, 430 kilometers south of Shanghai, at 7am.
By noon, its main rain belt had moved to southern Jiangsu Province inland from Shanghai.
Shanghai expected to lift the yellow alert for a typhoon later today.
Shanghai's Hongqiao and Pudong airports resumed normal operation this morning, while airports in Taipei, Fuzhou in Fujian Province and Wenzhou in Zhejiang Province also reopened.


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