China Typhoon

August 7, 2011 by staff 

China TyphoonChina Typhoon, Authorities in the northern port city of Qingdao China have closed beaches and piled sandbags along the coast in preparation for the typhoon Muifa.

Most powerful storm in the region in years is expected to hit the Shandong Peninsula, Qingdao near dawn on Monday. Further south, the financial capital of Shanghai avoids a direct hit, although strong winds knocked down power lines and blew up posters.

More than 300,000 people were evacuated and thousands of boats called to the ground. Muifa has left four dead and 27 wounded in the Philippines on the Japanese island of Okinawa. Power outages

The category-a typhoon is currently about 310 kilometers (193 miles) east-northeast of Shanghai, to the north-west over the East China Sea about 23 km / h (15 mph). Its winds are gusts of up to 138 km / h (85 mph). After hitting Shandong, is expected to weaken to a tropical storm.

Before the storm skirted the east coast of China, bringing heavy winds and torrential rains. However, Shanghai was saved from serious harm.

“It feels like a typhoon at all,” said Li Hongjun, a visitor to the province of Shaanxi, Reuter’s news agency. “I think that a typhoon would feel much stronger and should not be anyone walking the streets.”

Power outages were reported damaged at least two residential areas, said Sang Baoliang, deputy director of the Shanghai headquarters of flood control. A man aged 24, was also reported missing while swimming in heavy surf in the Jinshan district of the city, Shanghai Television reported.

In addition to evacuate residents and call the ship back to port, the authorities canceled more than 200 flights and closed two bridges to the outer islands. The bus and train services were disrupted.

In South Korea, authorities have issued a warning of tidal wave and floods in the west and south coasts of the country. Many domestic flights between Seoul and Jeju Island have been canceled.

Heavy rains are expected for parts of North Korea, which suffered flooding late last month. About 30 people died, thousands of homes were destroyed and heavily damaged farmland, state media say.

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