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Shanghai closes parks, schools ahead of typhoon

SHANGHAI is told to brace for the potentially destructive typhoon Haikui as local authorities upgraded the yellow typhoon alert to orange, the second highest of a four-color warning system.

Haikui is less than 500 kilometers away from Shanghai this afternoon and is expected to land in the neighboring Zhejiang Province tonight, bringing gales of up to 102km/h to the city, according to the Shanghai Meteorological Bureau.

All outdoor activities were ordered to suspend and all public parks and attractions were closed. Summer schools and training classes should be suspended and companies are advised to offer leaves for employees, said a Shanghai government announcement.

Employees who are late to work should not be punished, the announcement added.

Heavy showers and gale-force winds are expected in Shanghai later this afternoon through Friday, the bureau said.

Haikui is likely to be the strongest typhoon for Shanghai since 2005.

More than 93,000 trees had been fastened and 40,000 pollarded by yesterday, said the Shanghai Greenery and Public Sanitation Bureau.

At least 114 of the 6,899 billboards and 1,183 of 22,908 signboards were fixed for safety hazards, the bureau added.


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