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Typhoon 15 could be on course for Shanghai

TYPHOON Bolaven was increasing in strength as it headed toward China's east coast yesterday. It's now a strong typhoon, the second-highest level, forecasters said.

This year's 15th typhoon was 1,550 kilometers from Shanghai by 2pm yesterday and is expected to be around 1,230 kilometers from the city this morning. The storm should enter the East China Sea tomorrow, according to the Shanghai Meteorological Bureau.

Within the next 36 hours Bolaven may become a super typhoon, the highest level, the bureau warned.

Its influence on the city should be felt from Monday morning when it will be around 100 to 300 kilometers away.

"Bolaven should most likely closely pass the city and move up north," said Fu Yi, a chief service officer at the bureau. "But this is an early prediction. The possibility of Bolaven landing in the coastal areas of the neighboring Zhejiang Province has not yet been ruled out."

The bureau said Bolaven would bring gales of up to 61 kilometers per hour some 320 kilometers from its center and 102 kilometers per hour at 120 kilometers.

"Bolaven's biggest influence to Shanghai should be gales rather than showers," Fu said.

Meanwhile, the city should feel a little hotter today and tomorrow with temperatures expected to reach 32 degrees Celsius, the bureau said.

Conditions over the weekend will be cloudy with some rain.


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