BEIJING (AP) – Flights and train service are being canceled in Shanghai, China’s largest city, as Typhoon Chanthu approached the mainland on Monday after bringing heavy rain and wind to Taiwan.
Local media reported that all flights would be suspended from the two Shanghai airports starting at 3pm (0700 GMT) on Monday. The metro was also preparing to close, while classes and many offices and shops were closed for the day.
Chanthu drenched Taiwan with up to 5 inches (13 centimeters) of rain Sunday as the center of the storm passed over the island’s east coast with winds of 162 kph (101 mph) and gusts of up to 198 kph (124 mph), before to cross Taiwan. Strait towards Shanghai.
After dumping rain on Shanghai, Chanthu is forecast to head north through eastern China and into South Korea and Japan.
The storm skimmed the island of Luzon in the Philippines last week, but no flooding or damage was reported.
Typhoons are called hurricanes in the North Atlantic, Central North Pacific, and Eastern North Pacific, but they are the same weather phenomenon.
Typhoon In-fa made landfall south of Shanghai in late July, canceling flights and prompting the evacuation of some 330,000 residents from the Fengxian district in the far south of the city.
Torrential rains and floods in July killed at least 292 people in Zhengzhou, a major city in central Henan province, including some trapped in the city’s subway tunnels.