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China's Zhejiang province on high alert ahead of Typhoon Muifa

China's Zhejiang province on high alert ahead of Typhoon Muifa

Reuters · 09/13/2022 21:54
China's Zhejiang province on high alert ahead of Typhoon Muifa

- Typhoon Muifa gained strength in the East China Sea on Wednesday forcing the cancellation of hundreds of flights out of the financial hub of Shanghai and threatening the busy port shared by Ningbo and Zhoushan cities.

Zhejiang province upgraded its typhoon emergency response to the highest level as Muifa is expected to move at a speed of 20-25 kmh (12-15 mph), intensifying and eventually reaching coastal areas south of Zhoushan, according to the China Meteorological Administration.

China's 12th cyclone of the year was expected to make landfall on Wednesday afternoon or , according to forecasters. Shanghai issued an advisory warning for wind gusts and heavy rains are expected until Thursday.

More than 50% of flights will be reduced or cancelled at Shanghai Pudong Airport and Hongqiao Airport on Wednesday with 589 flights already affected, according to state media.

Flights at Zhoushan and Ningbo airports were also cancelled.

Zhejiang authorities issued a "red warning" for flash floods in several areas and the weather forecaster said there was a high risk of flooding of small and medium-sized rivers in Zhejiang and waterlogging in eastern and Zhejiang, Shanghai, southern areas of Jiangsu and other places.


(Reporting by Beijing ; Writing by Bernard Orr; Editing by Michael Perry)

((bernard.orr@thomsonreuters.com))