A sanitation worker removes fallen leaves on a street in Nantong city, east China’s Jiangsu Province, hit by Typhoon Muifa on September 15, 2022. Photo: IC
Several cities in east China’s Jiangsu Province suspended school and training classes on Thursday as Typhoon Muifa slammed into the province early Thursday morning after making landfall twice in neighboring Zhejiang Province and Shanghai on Wednesday evening, and hit the coastal cities with strong storms and rainstorms.
The strongest tropical cyclone to hit the populous Yangtze River Delta in a decade made landfall in Jiangsu around 3 a.m. Thursday and is expected to whirl on its northern path over eastern coastal regions in Jiangsu later in the day.
The tropical cyclone is expected to remain in Jiangsu for over 20 hours, with the strongest storm and heaviest rains seen between Wednesday night and Thursday. The Jiangsu Flood Response and Drought Relief Headquarters upgraded the emergency response measures for the typhoon to Level II at 6 p.m. Wednesday.
China’s National Meteorological Center (NMC) issued a yellow alert for Muifa, who had arrived in Haimen in Jiangsu, at 6 a.m. Thursday morning, with maximum winds near the center 30 meters per second and minimum pressure in the center 980 HPA was downgraded to a severe tropical storm around 5 a.m.
Muifa is expected to move south-north through the coastal areas of Jiangsu and enter the southern waters of the Yellow Sea on Thursday evening and land again in east China’s Shandong Province on Thursday evening. It is expected to enter the Bohai Strait on Friday and gradually transform into an extratropical cyclone.
In response to Muifa, Jiangsu has resettled 62,561 people as of 7 p.m. Wednesday. A total of 11,660 vessels returned to port for shelter and 4,122 construction sites have ceased operations.
In addition, several places in Jiangsu suspended classes on Thursday, and cities such as Wuxi, Taizhou, Nantong and Yancheng suspended classes for kindergartens, elementary and middle schools or training institutions. Schools in the city of Suzhou were allowed to adjust their school hours flexibly to the weather conditions.
Muifa-affected provinces such as Jiangsu, Shandong, Liaoning and Jilin are expected to experience heavy rains or rainstorms Thursday through Friday, with sub-areas such as northeastern part of Jiangsu, Shandong Peninsula and central and eastern part of Liaoning expected will suffer severe storms, according to NMC’s weather forecast.
Affected by Muifa, transportation and classes have been suspended and nearly 1.8 million people in Zhejiang and Shanghai were relocated on Wednesday, including 1.36 million in Zhejiang and 426,000 in Shanghai.