Typhoon Chanthu: Expert discusses preparations in China
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Typhoon Chanthu is bearing down on parts of China with torrential downpours and strong winds expected to lash at provinces during this week. The Ministry of Water Resources unleashed an emergency response for floods, while authorities evacuated 330,000 people from at-risk areas.
Typhoon Chanthu is headed for China according to the latest forecasts.
AccuWeather forecasters predict portions of mainland China are in bullseye to face the wrath of the storm this week.
Chanthu no longer carries the designation of a super typhoon, despite being named as the second super typhoon last week.
The storm has forced almost 330,000 evacuations in Shanghai, China, with the emergency response level raised to orange in the country.
Hundreds of flights were grounded and thousands of residents evacuated in Shanghai on Monday.
Local authorities were also forced to cancel 150 long-distance buses.
Some shipping and rail transit services were suspended across the region.
More than 100 tourist attractions in the area were closed as the places braced for the typhoon’s arrival.
The education authorities in the city of Nantong, Jiangsu Province, have ordered the suspension of classes at kindergartens and primary and high schools on Tuesday.
As of Tuesday, September 14, local time at midnight (4pm Monday, September 13 BST), the eye of Typhoon Chanthu was located in the East China Sea, to the east of China’s Zhejiang Province.
The storm was almost stationary according to the Japanese Meteorological Agency.
According to the Joint Typhoon Warning Center (JTWC), Chanthu is currently packing sustained wind speeds of 75mph (65kts).
The storm is expected to continue at this speed with maximum sustained winds predicted to maintain at this level for 12 hours when they will drop to 69mph (60kts).
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AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Jason Nicholls said: “Chanthu will lose wind intensity as it continues to push northward [and stalls] near or just east of Shanghai into Wednesday.”
Forecasters said the main impact of the storm is likely to be heavy rainfall.
Mr Nicholls added: “Heavy rain and flooding will be a concern across Jiangsu and Zhejiang provinces from [Monday] into Thursday.”
Predominantly, up to two inches of rainfall is expected to hit the Jiangsu and Zhejiang provinces, while 12 inches is predicted to hit eastern coastal areas closest to where Chanthu churns.
Rainfall amounts of up to 18 inches could fall nearest to the coast, with a maximum rainfall amount of 30 inches expected in some regions.
Chanthu is likely to slow and stall just off the Chinese coast through midweek before picking back up forward speed and taking on an eastward track.
With this eastward track, the long-lived system will take aim at additional portions of Asia by the end of the week.
Typhoon Chanthu is expected to move very slowly or even maintain stationary, unleashing heavy rain and wind gusts.
The potentially damaging winds could persist over several days in that region, with potentially catastrophic impacts which may be felt globally.
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