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Torrential rain for Pudong as Bolaven comes closer

SHANGHAI will experience thunderstorms and strong winds from noon today as Typhoon Bolaven approaches its closest point to the city.

Bolaven, this year's 15th typhoon, will bring moderate to heavy showers across the city while eastern parts, such as the Pudong New Area and Fengxian District, should expect torrential rain, local forecaster said.

There could be up to 60 millimeters of rainfall in eastern districts and flood control and other emergency services have been put on alert.

Winds of up to 74 kilometers per hour are predicted for most downtown areas from this afternoon. Forecasters said they would be strong enough to break tree branches and make walking in the street difficult.

Residents in coastal areas have been advised to take extra precautions as winds there could reach up to 117kph, with the risk of damage to outdoor facilities.

Local authorities are suspending outdoor construction operations and activities today.

Ferry services and port traffic at the mouth of the Yangtze River may also be suspended because of the typhoon.

Bolaven's center should come as close as 200 kilometers to the east of Shanghai before it heads north, forecasters said.

The rainy weather should continue until Friday, they said, with drizzle tomorrow, thundershowers on Wednesday and Thursday and rain on Friday. The maximum temperature for the next four days will be between 30 and 32 degrees Celsius.

Flights at both Shanghai airports as well as others in Ningbo and Zhoushan in Zhejiang Province, Seoul and Busan in South Korea and Okinawa and Kagoshima in Japan will be subject to delays or cancellations today because of the typhoon.

Passenger liners and other ships have begun cancelling voyages and were heading for the nearest ports to avoid the upcoming gales.

At 9pm yesterday, the city's coastal Donghai Bridge was closed to traffic due to the typhoon alert, city traffic authorities said.

Shanghai's weather bureau issued a blue typhoon alert at 5pm yesterday, the lowest of a four-grade warning system, warning of heavy winds on the way.

Typhoon Tembin was also moving towards China's coasts, Xinhua news agency reported.

The year's 14th typhoon, Tembin is expected to bring gales to the northeast of South China Sea, the Taiwan Strait, southern coast of Fujian Province and eastern coast of Guangdong Province. Heavy rain and storms will hit the coasts of Fujian and Guangdong, as well as southern Taiwan.


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