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Storm dumps most rain on city in 52 years

Shanghai experienced the biggest rainfall in 52 years with more than 200 millimeters recorded in some parts of the city during a 24-hour period.

"It is very rare for such a big rainstorm in October," said Zhang Ruiyi, a chief service officer with the Shanghai Meteorological Bureau.

Between 8pm on Monday and 12pm today, 11 stations across the city recorded average rainfall of 152.9 millimeters, surpassing the amount of precipitation the city experienced over a 24-hour period during Typhoon Haikui last year and Typhoon Matsa in 2005, two of the strongest typhoons to hit the city in the past decade.

Shanghai's benchmark observatory in Xujiahui recorded 182.5 millimeters of rain in 24 hours. Songjiang, Baoshan, Jiading and Minhang districts and Chongming County all recorded more than 200 millimeters of rainfall.

Shanghai issued a red rainstorm alert — the highest of a four-level warning system — this morning, when storms flooded roads in several districts and drenched residents returning to work or school after the National Day holiday.

A Metro station was inundated, trains between downtown and Jinshan District were suspended and many parks were closed across the city.

Government sources have not reported any casualties from the storm.

The rainstorm and wind alerts were lifted this afternoon for downtown areas but strong winds were still possible in the suburbs, including the Pudong New Area.

Weather forecasters said the rain should stop tonight and that it will be cloudy to overcast tomorrow.


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