Saturday, July 11, 2015

Typhoon lashes China after more than a million people evacuated

Sue-Lin Wong in Reuters: One of the most powerful typhoons to strike eastern China in decades disrupted air, rail and sea transport on Saturday after forcing the evacuation of more than a million people from the provinces of Zhejiang and Jiangsu, state media reported.

Typhoon Chan-Hom was packing winds of 162 kph (101 mph) as it hit the city of Zhoushan, slowing from an earlier speed of 173 kph (108 mph). It could be the most powerful typhoon to hit Zhejiang in July since the Communist Party took power in 1949, the National Meteorological Center said.

In Shanghai, the commercial capital, Pudong International Airport canceled 500 flights while Hongqiao Airport canceled 250 because of the typhoon, the official People's Daily newspaper said.

The typhoon brought heavy rain to Shanghai as well as the provinces of Anhui and Fujian, besides Jiangsu and Zhejiang, the weather service said....

Chan-Hom on July 10, 2015, via Himawari-8 AHI images provided by the Japan Meteorological Agency and composited by Meow, a work of  University of Wisconsin–Madison SSEC/CIMSS, Wikimedia Commons

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