Typhoon In-Fa is expected to make landfall Sunday evening just south of Shanghai in Zhejiang province on China’s east coast. It is expected to top out as a Category 2 storm and bring torrential rains and potentially damaging winds while the country is still recovering from devastating floods earlier this week.
As of Saturday morning, the China Meteorological Agency upgraded the emergency response to level two. “Under this emergency state, it is required that relevant meteorological departments and provincial meteorological departments in Zhejiang, Shanghai, Anhui, Jiangsu, and Fujian enter the emergency position immediately and put timely and precise forecast and refined services for the government, related sector and the public in place.”
Railways and ports have been closed, cargo ships and passenger vessels have been evacuated out of the area. Public parks and museums in Shanghai have been closed. Flights have been canceled in the area - 90% of the flights at the airport in the provincial capital of Hangzhou, southwest of Shanghai, were canceled on Sunday with more cancellations expected on Monday.
Heavy rainfall which could lead to landslides and flooding in already saturated areas
Downed trees, hindering rescue/recovery efforts
Cancelled, delayed, or rerouted flights
Power outages in homes and places of work
Closed business ahead of the systems landfall
Mitigating Measures to Apply:
Monitor local news and weather media for updates
Allow extra time for travel to and from destination, accommodations, and airport
Avoid traveling through flooded areas
Keep extra bottled water in lodging
Keep electronics charged and maintain contact throughout the remainder of the trip
Confirm flight itinerary prior to departure to the airport
Enroll in a Safe Traveler Program to receive warnings from your preferred embassy
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