Typhoon In-fa hits China’s east coast
BEIJING – Typhoon In-fa hit China’s east coast south of Shanghai on Sunday after people who live near the sea were evacuated, airline flights and trains were canceled, and the public was ordered to stay indoors.
The typhoon landed in Zhoushan, Zhejiang Province, state television reported, citing the national weather agency. It predicts rainfall of 10-14 inches.
“People shouldn’t go out voluntarily,” said the office.
The typhoon had previously poured rain over Taiwan and knocked down branches, but no deaths or injuries were reported.
About 330,000 residents of Fengxian District on the southern edge of Shanghai were evacuated after wind speeds reached 60 miles per hour offshore, the China Daily reported.
Hundreds of flights at Shanghai Pudong and Shanghai Hongqiao airports have been canceled and more are due to be canceled on Monday, state television reported. Shanghai has closed parks and the riverside Bund district, a popular tourist area.
Hangzhou International Airport, southwest of Shanghai, has also canceled flights.
The train service to Ningbo, a port city south of Shanghai, was stopped according to state television. The Zhoushan Bridge, which connects the islands near Ningbo, has been closed, as have schools, markets and shops in Zhejiang Province.
On Saturday, large container ships were relocated from the Yangshan port in Shanghai, one of the busiest shipping centers in the world. State television said a ship lock in Nantong, which borders Shanghai to the north, has stopped the release of ships into the Yangtze.