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New storm heads in direction of east China

A NEW tropical storm is moving toward east China just as Shanghai escaped serious damage from two storms in the past two days, officials said yesterday.

Haikui, the 11th tropical storm this year, was formed about 8am yesterday in the northwest Pacific, nearly 1,400 kilometers southeast of Okinawa, Japan, according to the China Meteorological Administration.

Haikui is strengthening, moving northwest at 20 to 25 kilometers per hour and not expected to affect coastal areas of China in the next three days, forecasters said, adding that it's too early to predict its route.

Operation of the city's airports resumed yesterday as the typhoon alert was lifted. Damrey and Saola hit China's mainland coast and faded between Thursday night and yesterday morning.

Although the two storms did not hit Shanghai or cause any serious showers, the pair still had caused more than 130 flights to be canceled and more than 500 flights to be delayed since Thursday, authorities said.

Trains from Shanghai to the coastal provinces of Zhejiang and Fujian were also suspended on Thursday and is expected to resume today.

Saola was in Fujian Province at 2pm yesterday and moved northwest at 15 kilometers per hour.

Due to the influence of its outer circulation, strong gales were created above the coastal waters of Shanghai but not in urban areas.

Damrey was in Shandong Province at 2pm yesterday and was moving north.

Shanghai's weather is forecast to be cloudy today with scattered showers and a maximum temperature of 33 degrees Celsius.

The rain should stop tomorrow and the mercury is forecast to hit 34 degrees Celsius, said the Shanghai Meteorological Bureau.


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