tens of millions of people in various parts of eastern China flood, prepare for heavy rains And on Wednesday, rising waves, the strongest typhoon of the season so far made landfall and headed for the densely populated city of Shanghai.
The typhoon landed on the beach near the Zhoushan archipelago after the authorities in the evening. of china The eastern province of Zhejiang ordered ships to return to port, closed schools and evacuated tourists from nearby islands. The typhoon brought strong winds of about 160 kilometers per hour.
The Central Meteorological Observatory said the winds will last for several hours, as well as significant accumulated rainfall and the risk of disaster is high.
Widespread precipitation of 50-200 mm (2 to 8 inches) is likely, and other local areas greater than 350 mm. Waves of up to 5 meters (16 feet) are expected near Shanghai, China’s busiest container port.
The Central Meteorological Observatory has issued its first year-round red alert – the highest typhoon warning level – along the east coast of the country.
“Every storm is different, but this one is heading towards a major population center,” CNN meteorologist Chad Myers said. Said. “Many city streets will be flooded due to widespread impermeable surfaces and torrential rain. Also, urban skyscrapers can suffer significant wind damage at higher floors as wind speeds increase with height.”
The Central Meteorological Observatory will cross the Hangzhou Bay and land again along the coast tonight from Jiaxing in Zhejiang to Pudong in the greater Shanghai region.
“Typhoon Muifa will be the fourth to make landfall this year and the first in eastern China,” said CNN meteorologist Mike Saenz. Said. “The storm will make landfall with winds equivalent to a Category 2 Atlantic hurricane far exceeding the first three typhoons of the season.”
Research shows that the anthropogenic climate crisis does not necessarily increase the frequency of typhoons and hurricanes in general, but does make the likelihood of strong and devastating ones much higher.
The typhoon has already disrupted economic activity in eastern China. The Shanghai International Maritime Institute said it suspended some operations in Shanghai’s ports, including the Yangshan terminal and others, from Tuesday evening and halted all operations Wednesday morning.
China Southern Airlines said it canceled 25 flights at Shanghai airports on Tuesday and plans to cancel 11 more on Wednesday.
About 13,000 people had been evacuated from islands and tourist sites near Zhoushan, state television said. State media said that about 7,400 merchant ships took refuge in Zhejiang’s ports, including Zhoushan, Ningbo and Taizhou, and cruise ship routes across the province were suspended from noon.
The three cities and Shanghai together have a population of 42.26 million.
The Zhejiang government ordered all fishing vessels to return to the dock before noon. Ningbo, Zhoushan and Taizhou ordered the suspension of schools on Wednesday.
All flights from airports in Ningbo and Zhoushan were canceled on Wednesday, flight data platform Variflight told Reuters.
Weather officials said the center of Muifa is about 490 km (304.5 miles) southeast of the Zhejiang city of Xiangshan. The Central Meteorological Administration added that after the typhoon hits land, it will move to the northwest and gradually weaken.