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Typhoon bypasses Shanghai but schools are off

ALTHOUGH Shanghai was fully prepared for a menacing typhoon, big rainstorm did not visit as expected. But typhoon Kompasu, meaning "compass" in Japanese, still brought showers in parts of the city, local weathermen said today.

Medium rain fell in Baoshan, Chongming, Qingpu and Pudong yesterday evening to this morning, with precipitation ranging from 18 to 25 millimeters, said the Shanghai Meteorological Bureau.

It said Kompasu had deviated from the path as forecasted yesterday. "It is moving eastward," said Man Liping, a forecaster with the bureau. "Therefore, its influence to Shanghai is getting smaller than predicted."

Though the typhoon missed the city, local schools and kindergartens were closed today as a precaution, delaying the start of the new semister by one day.

The government issued an alert last night asking local schools, including international schools to close today to avoid possible accidents caused by the typhoon.

Teachers spent a busy night and morning notifying students, who were very pleased to have an extra break.


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