Typhoon Chanthu is expected to bring strong winds and heavy rain to coastal areas of China.
Authorities in Shanghai and neighboring areas have canceled flights and train services and kicked children out of school as Typhoon Chanthu hits China’s east coast.
The storm, with winds of over 170 kilometers per hour (105 miles per hour) near its eye, was expected to hit Shanghai on Monday morning.
Meteorologists said the storm is expected to lose wind intensity as it hits Shanghai, after being downgraded from a super typhoon to a strong typhoon on Sunday night.
But it was still expected to bring strong winds and heavy rain to coastal areas.
Before the storm hit land, Zhejiang province near Shanghai took its emergency response to the highest level, closing schools and suspending flights and rail services in some cities, the press service reported. Xinhua official.
Zhejiang has also issued red alerts for flash floods in nine districts.
Ningbo, China’s second-largest container port after Shanghai, suspended operations at noon (04:00 GMT) on Sunday. The port had just resumed its activities after a week of port congestion, following typhoon In-Fa at the end of July and a terminal closure linked to COVID-19 in mid-August.
In Shanghai, home to around 26 million people, all flights to the city’s largest Pudong International Airport were canceled as of 11:00 a.m. local time (03:00 GMT) on Monday, while flights from the city’s smaller airport were canceled. Hongqiao in the west of the city were to be canceled from 3 p.m. (07:00 GMT), the Shanghai government announced on its official WeChat account.
Port terminals in the Shanghai regions also suspended container import and export services from Monday until further notice.
The city has suspended transit services on some lines serving the city’s southern neighborhoods and said parks, outdoor tourist attractions and playgrounds will be closed on Monday and Tuesday.
Classes were also to be suspended Monday afternoon and Tuesday.
The official forecast predicted rainfall of 250-280 mm (9.4-11 inches) in parts of southeast Jiangsu Province, Shanghai and northeast Zhejiang.
The typhoon swept through Taiwan’s east coast over the weekend, disrupting transportation and causing power outages, but little damage otherwise.