SHANGHAI: Typhoon Muifa on Thursday night (Sep 15) made landfall for a second time on China’s densely populated eastern coast, after causing the cancellation of all passenger flights at Shanghai’s two international airports since it hit land.
The surprise – packing wind gusts of up to 126 kmh – made landfall at 12. 30am in Shanghai’s Fengxian district, state information agency Xinhua stated.
Muifa acquired earlier hit the city of Zhoushan in Zhejiang province on Wednesday, according to Xinhua.
China’s Central Meteorological Management had issued the highest-level typhoon alert for the first time this year, saying Muifa would increase in intensity as it contacted the coast.
Gale force winds and heavy rains are forecast along China’s eastern seaboard until Thursday early morning, the weather agency stated.
“Relevant areas should pay attention to the avoidance of flash surges and geological disasters that may be caused by weighty rainfall, ” this added.
Shanghai Airport Group stated in a social media statement that it “will declare flight adjustments at both airports to the public in a timely manner, good typhoon’s impact”.
The storm comes soon after Typhoon Hinnamnoor hit Shanghai and its neighbouring region last week, causing the suspension associated with Shanghai ferry solutions and school closures in parts of Zhejiang.
Zhejiang authorities had ordered most of fishing vessels to return to port simply by noon Wednesday, shut schools in three cities, suspended traveler ferry routes plus shut tourist attractions since the province braced regarding Muifa’s landfall.
Temporary emergency shelters have been set up close to Shanghai, CCTV documented, as well as an emergency expulsion zone spanning over 30 kilometres along the city’s coastal area.
Muifa may be the 12th typhoon hitting China this year, based on state media.
Its impact is usually expected to gradually reduce as it moves more north inland on Thursday, CCTV mentioned.