Beijing: China’s National Observatory on Wednesday issued a red alert, the highest warning level, as storm Muifa is expected to hit twice a day. The China Meteorological Administration has also upgraded the typhoon’s emergency response to the second-highest level II, Xinhua news agency reported.
Muifa, the 12th typhoon of this year, was seen 185 km southeast of Jiangshan County in Zhejiang province at 10 a.m. on Wednesday.
The National Meteorological Center said in a statement that it is expected to move northwestwards with a speed of 20 to 25 kmph.
The typhoon will first make landfall in the coastal areas between Sanmen County and Zhejiang’s Zhoushan City around night.
It will make a second landfall on Wednesday evening in the coastal areas between Zhejiang’s Jiaxing city and Shanghai’s Pudong district.
According to the forecast, Shanghai, Jiangsu, Zhejiang and Shandong are likely to experience thunderstorms and rain from Wednesday to Thursday afternoon.
The Center has advised the above areas to make emergency preparedness for storms and take precautionary measures against possible geological calamities, while ships and boats have been asked to take shelter in ports.
China has a four-level color-coded system for severe weather, with red being the most severe, followed by orange, yellow and blue.