The Shanghai Meteorological Bureau has upgraded the typhoon alert for Haikui at 11.30am to red, the highest level in a four-grade warning system.
Experts say the typhoon will remain at its strongest over the next six hours. More than 50mm of rain is expected to pour down in the next three hours, so the restrictions announced yesterday still apply. Read them here.
According to China Daily, 374,000 people have been evacuated in Shanghai and another 250,000 in the Zhejiang province. No deaths have been reported as yet.
In Manila, however, rains triggered by Haikui have turned the city into what’s been described by Philippine officials as a “water world”. A third of the capital now remains flooded and at least 50 people have died over the week of torrential rains and floods.