Typhoon Linfa has already made landfall in southern China, while Typhoon Chan-hom, forecasted to intensify into a super typhoon, is due to affect coastal regions including Shanghai. A third typhoon, Ningka, which may also gain pace to become super typhoon status, will likely miss China and Taiwan bout could pose a threat to Japan.
A typhoon expert with National Meteorological Center of China Meteorological Administration (NMCCMA) said the co-existence of three typhoons happens 1.5 times per year, but it’s especially rare that the trio had already been raging for more than five days.
A satellite image released by NMC this morning shows the location of typhoons at around 10:45 a.m.
Typhoon Linfa, which was formed last Thursday, hit Jiadongzhen of Lufeng city, Guangdong province at 12:15 p.m. yesterday. Shantou, Jieyang, Chaozhou, Meizhou and other nearby cities have been affected.
The strongest wind force recorded reached level 12. However, at 2:00 p.m., the typhoon had weakened to a tropical storm and is forecasted to move west at a speed of 20 mph.
A total of 100 flights out of both of Shanghai’s airports were canceled yesterday while 50 more were delayed as a result of the storm.
Watch the live broadcast as the storm hit shores in southern China below:
Typhoon Chan-hom, which was formed last Tuesday, is forecasted to land the coastal areas of Zhejiang and Fujian from tonight through tomorrow morning and could possibly head towards Shanghai. NMC issued a notice at 11:05 a.m. this morning that the typhoon has elevated to the category of “super strong”, reaching a wind force of level 16 at 187 mph.
Shanghai will suspend all passenger trains along the coast today and tomorrow as the storm approaches, Xinhua reported, citing the Shanghai Railway Bureau said on Wednesday.
The city will experience torrential rains and high winds tonight through Sunday, with an hourly precipitation between 40 and 80 millimeters. The most severe downpour will be felt between Saturday noon and Sunday afternoon, Shanghai Daily reports, citing the Shanghai Meteorological Bureau.
A blue alert will be issued if wind levels reach 8, or wind speed between 17.2 and 20.7 meters per second (38.4-46.3 mph).
The city Metro operator, meanwhile, said the subway trains will shut down if the typhoon reaches level 10.
“If the typhoon in Shanghai reaches level 8, the speed of elevated subways will be controlled; and if it reaches level 10, the service will be stopped,” it said in the report.
Residents have been warned to remove breakable objects from balconies and window sills and to stay indoors if possible.
Typhoon Ningka, formed last Saturday, has been elevated to the category of “super strong typhoon” on Tuesday afternoon. It is set to move towards the Southern seas of Japan in the coming days.
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