East China suspends ferries, classes as typhoon approaches


BEIJING (AP) — Cities in eastern China have suspended ferry services and suspended classes as they prepare for the arrival of Typhoon Hinnamnor, a severe storm that is also expected to affect Taiwan, Japan and neighboring Korea.

Shanghai on Sunday suspended ferry services and deployed more than 50,000 police to help with rescues and keep traffic away from dangerous areas.

Wenzhou Oriental Trade Center also ordered all classes suspended on Monday.

Typhoon Hinnamnor is the strongest global storm of 2022 and is expected to move gradually north into the East China Sea.

Evacuations and flight cancellations have been ordered in Okinawa, Japan. The storm is also expected to bring heavy rains to the Korean Peninsula, which could lead to flooding.

The typhoon has maximum sustained winds of 175 kilometers (109 miles) per hour, according to the Hong Kong Observatory.

China’s National Meteorological Center issued a yellow typhoon warning at 10 a.m. Sunday and warned of heavy rains in northeast Zhejiang, Shanghai and autonomous Taiwan.

Ships were told to return to port to shelter from the wind, and the center also urged people to avoid large indoor and outdoor gatherings.

In Taiwan, more than 600 residents of New Taipei, Taoyuan and Hsinchu counties were evacuated to nearby shelters on Saturday amid heavy rains and high winds, according to the island’s Central News Agency.

The typhoon caused a landslide in Miaoli County in Taiwan and blew over 100 roadside trees.

About 40 flights and more than 100 ferry services across Taiwan were also canceled on Saturday, according to the city’s Ministry of Transport and Communications.

The Associated Press






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