Shanghai suspends flights, schools as Typhoon Chanthu approaches

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Sept 13, 2021: Authorities in Shanghai and neighboring areas have canceled flights and train services and sent children home from school because of the effects of Hurricane Chanthu on China’s east coast.

The storm, with winds of more than 170 kilometers per hour (105 miles per hour) near its eye, was expected to hit Shanghai on Monday morning.

Meteorologists say the storm is expected to lose its intensity as it reaches Shanghai, which was transformed from a super typhoon into a strong typhoon on Sunday evening.

However, strong winds and heavy rains were expected in the coastal areas. According to the official Xinhua News Service, before the storm hit, Zhegiang Province, near Shanghai, stepped up its emergency response, closing schools and suspending flights and rail services. Zhegiang also issued a red alert for flash floods in nine districts.

Ningbo, China’s second-largest container port after Shanghai, suspended operations on Sunday afternoon (04:00 GMT). The port resumed business after a week-long port congestion following Hurricane Infa in late July and the closure of the Covid 19 terminal in mid-August.

In Shanghai, home to about 26 million people, all flights at the city’s main Pudong International Airport were canceled on Monday at 11:00 a.m. local time, while while flights from the smaller Hongqiao airport in the west of the city were set to be cancelled from 3pm, the Shanghai government announced on its official WeChat account.

Port terminals in the Shanghai area suspended container import and export services from Monday until further notice. The city suspended mass transit service on some lines in the city’s southern districts, saying parks, outdoor tourist attractions and playgrounds would remain closed on Monday and Tuesday.

Classes were also to be suspended on Monday afternoon and Tuesday. The official forecast calls for 250-280 mm of rain in southeastern Jiangsu Province, Shanghai and parts of northeastern Zhegiang.

The storm swept across Taiwan’s east coast over the weekend, disrupting traffic and causing some power outages, but little damage otherwise.

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