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Shanghai plans to evacuate at least 200,000 people by tonight after China’s weather bureau forecast the third typhoon to hit the country in one week will bring heavy rains to the city, the Oriental Morning Post reported.
The evacuees will be moved to local schools and gymnasiums before 9 p.m. local time, the newspaper reported, citing an official from the city Flood Control and Drought Relief Headquarters. The administration also encouraged people to seek accommodation with relatives or friends, it said.
Typhoon Haikui, which strengthened from a tropical storm at 5 p.m. yesterday, was forecast to dump 250 millimeters (9.8 inches) to 500 millimeters of rain on parts of Zhejiang, Jiangsu, Anhui and the municipality of Shanghai after it strikes as early as tonight, according to the China Meteorological Administration. Typhoons Saola and Damrey made landfall last week, killing at least 16 people.
Zhejiang, which is closest to Haikui, recalled all the fishing vessels, stopped most passenger ships and suspended sales of tickets for several coastal railways, according to the state-run Xinhua News Agency.
The typhoon was centered 330 kilometers (205 miles) southeast of Xiangshan in Zhejiang, with winds as fast as 119 kilometers per hour as of 5 a.m. today, the weather agency said. The storm would “slowly approach” Zhejiang at a speed of 10 kilometers to 15 kilometers per hour as it strengthens, it said.
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