This typhoon is raging hard.
Should be directly over my head in a few hours time.http://www.huffingtonpost.com/huff-wire ... a-typhoon/Shanghai in east China braces for Typhoon Haikui
August 7, 2012 04:20 AM EST | AP
BEIJING — Shanghai and a nearby coastal province were hunkering down Tuesday for the arrival of the third typhoon to hit China in less than a week.
Shanghai, the country's financial hub, planned to evacuate 200,000 people and the adjoining province of Zhejiang had already evacuated 130,000 people, according to the official Xinhua News Agency. It said more than 30,000 ships had rushed to shelter in ports.
The China Meteorological Administration expects Typhoon Haikui to land between coastal cities Ningbo and Wenzhou by late Tuesday or early Wednesday. The National Meteorological Center issued an alert saying the typhoon will bring heavy rains and strong winds for 48 hours.
Xinhua quoted the Zhejiang provincial observatory as saying the typhoon, which was located about 350 kilometers (220 miles) southeast of Taizhou city in the East China Sea on Tuesday morning, was packing winds as strong as 144 kph (89 mph).
The national meteorological center said Haikui was moving in a northwest direction at a speed of up to 15 kph (10 mph).
China is still recovering from Typhoons Damrey and Saola, which hit over the weekend. Those storms brought heavy rains that killed 23 and left nine missing, Xinhua said Tuesday.
Xinhua said the heavy rains that came with the typhoons triggered mudslides and flooding, affecting hundreds of thousands of people.
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