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Typhoon “Muifa” makes landfall in Shanghai as the strongest typhoon to hit the city since 1949

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Typhoon “Muifa” made its first landfall in China on the coast of Zhoushan, Zhejiang Province at approximately 12:30 UTC on September 14, 2022, with maximum sustained winds of up to 151 km/h (94 mph), and the second in Shanghai’s Fengxian District at 16:30 UTC, with maximum sustained winds of up to 126 km/h (78 mph).

A total of 10 typhoons have made landfall in Shanghai since 1949 when the People’s Republic of China was established, with Muifa being the strongest when it landed, according to the Shanghai Meteorological Service.

The most recent typhoon to approach Shanghai within 160 km (100 miles) was Khanun in 2005, which left 16 people dead and caused damage worth more than $1.2 billion USD.

By 04:00 UTC on September 14, nearly 12 000 fishing boats have returned to ports; and by 10:30 UTC, more than 1.3 million people in Zhejiang have been evacuated.

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Typhoon “Muifa” at 23:20 UTC on September 14, 2022. Credit: JMA/Himawari-8, RAMMB/CIRA, The Watchers

There have been no reports of fatalities or severe damage in the area, and the city resumed public transit on Thursday after closing the metro while the storm passed.

Photos released on social media showed scooters and automobiles submerged in water in the city of Ningbo, south of Shanghai, as a result of heavy overnight rainfall.

Muifa has weakened to a tropical storm since it made landfall, and is forecast to weaken further as it moves through the provinces of Shangdong and Liaoning.

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Featured image: Typhoon “Muifa” at 12:50 UTC on September 14, 2022. Credit: JMA/Himawari-8, RAMMB/CIRA, The Watchers

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