Typhoon rains 5 inches on Taiwan and heads for Shanghai

Taipei, Taiwan — Typhoon Chantu drenched Taiwan in heavy rain on Sunday as the center of the storm passed through the east coast of the island to Shanghai.

In mainland China, authorities have issued a typhoon warning to Shanghai, warning of possible torrential rains.

Due to the approaching storm, airline flights and trains in Taiwan were suspended on Saturday. The Central News Agency reported that more than 2,000 people had been evacuated from the flood-prone areas of Hualien’s East Coast County.

According to the Central Meteorological Bureau, at noon on Sunday, the center of Chantu was about 70 km (45 miles) away from the northeastern coast of Taiwan, with wind speeds of 162 kph (101 mph) and gusts of up to 198 kph (124 mph). ..

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People walk in the rain caused by typhoon Chantu on September 12, 2021 in Taipei, Taiwan. (Chiang Ying-ying / AP Photo)

In some areas it rained up to 13 centimeters (5 inches) on Sunday, according to the Meteorological Department. It is said that a maximum of 20 centimeters (8 inches) was predicted.

Heavy rain also fell on the islands such as the capital Taipei.

According to the Meteorological Bureau, Chantu is predicted to head north, rain in Shanghai, and then head east to South Korea and Japan.

Official media reported that Ningbo Airport in southern Shanghai has canceled flight 41.

Previously, a storm struck Luzon Island in the Philippines, but no floods or damage was reported.

Associated Press