As Typoon Dujuan leaves a trail of destruction across northern Taiwan, forecasters warn that Shanghai is in store for three days of torrential rain, with concerns that the adverse weather could affect the getaway for the October Golden Week holiday.
Taiwanese authorities report that the typhoon has claimed two lives and injured more than 300. Nearly half a million are still without electricity. Severe winds have uprooted trees, smashed windows and triggered landslides. There are reports of damage being inflicted to the landmark Taipei 101.
The typhoon even led Bon Jovi to cancel his second gig in Taiwan, despite the desperate lengths taken by superfans across the strait to secure it.
China’s national meteorological center issued a red alert on Monday afternoon, Xinhua reported, adding that 129,000 people have been evacuated in the eastern province of Zhejiang.
The heaviest rainfall in Shanghai is expected today and tomorrow. The Shanghai Meteorological Bureau are advising those travelling for the Golden Week holiday to check with relevant authorities for flight and train cancellations before making a trip on Thursday.
The winds are forecast to keep increasing for the remainder of the day, with the typhoon expected to dump rainfalls of 40 to 80 millimeters over Shanghai. Some parts of the city may see rainfall of up to 100 millimeters.