Typhoon Muifa, one of the strongest in years is threatening China, could hit with full force in coastal China on Monday, with important effects on Saturday evening, authorities said that nearly 500,000 people evacuated .
The Chinese Meteorological Agency has delayed its estimate of the expected arrival of Typhoon, after stating that Muifa could reach the coast on Saturday. The arrival of the typhoon’s eye is finally announced for Monday in Shandong Province (east), said the meteorologist quoted by the official press.
But the effects will be felt Muifa on Saturday evening and all day Sunday on the shores of the coastal provinces of Jiangsu, Shandong, Hebei and Liaoning.
On Saturday the Agency found a change in direction of typhoon after announcing that it might happen Saturday morning in eastern China from Zhejiang Province and the Jiangsu (with Shanghai in between), it then estimated savings possible that the economic capital of China.
Saturday morning’s eye Muifa was at sea 460 km southeast of Zhejiang, and it progressed at a speed of 15 km / h. Saturday afternoon it was no longer than 310 km of Zhejiang and was still traveling at the same speed.
Nearly 500,000 people threatened by the typhoon have been evacuated, according to Chinese authorities, including some 200,000 in Shanghai and more than 206,000 in Zhejiang. Only in the latter province, more than 30,000 fishing boats were recalled to their home port.
Many flights were canceled, officials warned the airline industry.
A total of 240 flights were canceled Saturday at both airports in Shanghai. In Hangzhou, in the neighboring province of Zhejiang, 140 flights were canceled, according to Xinhua news agency.
The Sunday will also see the cancellation of routes. On Saturday China Southern Company announced in a statement that it would cancel 128 flights. Other companies should do the same.
The circulation of high-speed trains in the region will be slowed on Sunday. The Shanghai metro traffic could be disrupted.