Shanghai has become a water world of sorts as torrential rainfall continues to batter the city (and will apparently keep on doing so).
The influence of Typhoon Goni combined with a cold front in the city have resulted in strong winds and heavy downpour, which is expected to continue through tonight, Shanghai Daily reports, citing the Shanghai Meteorological Bureau.
Typhoon Goni just landed in the Japanese islands of Okinawa with winds of up to 112mph after wreaking havoc in the Philippines, where at least 15 people were left dead.
Shanghai’s weather bureau upgraded a yellow alert to an orange alert at around 8:00 a.m. today as a result of the continuous rain triggered by the peripheral flow of the tropical storm.
Jiading and Minhang districts were hit the hardest, with recorded rainfalls of 129.3 millimeters and 156.1 millimeters, respectively, by 9:30 a.m. Daytime showers are expected to affect Shanghai’s central and western areas.
Heavy flooding was also reported in various districts of the city today. As of writing, “上海看海” has become the top searched item on Weibo, with one bleak image of Hongqiao Airport’s Terminal 1 looking very much like a vast sea being widely circulated.
Thirty-one flights at Shanghai’s two airports had already been delayed and six more canceled as of 6:00 p.m. yesterday.
The rainfall and wind are expected to subside as soon as Tyhpoon Goni leaves, however, the sky will remain overcast for most of the week.
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