Yesterday’s thunderstorm brought strong winds and rain to Shanghai. Full size here. Photo by Joel Herrick
Prepare yourselves for Mufia, the latest typhoon that might be headed towards Shanghai. Forecasters reported yesterday that the typhoon is currently picking up steam and is expected to make contact with neighboring Zhejiang Province. Regardless of whether it hits Shanghai directly, its influence will still result in tons of rain and wind.
Yesterday’s thunderstorm brought a hint of what Mufia might be like when it blanketed much of Shanghai with torrential downpour, accompanied by some spectacular lightning displays, for about half an hour. The weather was so fierce that it not only forced both Hongqiao and Pudong airports to close for 20 minutes, but it also caused a power failure on Metro Line 3, shutting down 4 stops including the terminus Shanghai South Railway Station.
A lightning strike was similarly blamed for the signaling failure that resulted in the collision between two high-speed trains in Zhejiang Province which left 40 dead and almost 200 injured last week. We doubt the veracity of that, but let’s hope that the upcoming thunderstorm doesn’t result in anything nearly as tragic.
By Joel Herrick