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Typhoon Fung-Wong Drenches Shanghai, Interrupts Traffic
   2014-09-23 18:53:32    CRIENGLISH.com      Web Editor: Fu Yu

Wind blows off leaves after a landfall of typhoon Fung-Wong in Shanghai, east China, Sept. 23, 2014. Typhoon Fung-Wong made a landfall again in east China's Shanghai on Tuesday morning, after attacking neighboring Zhejiang Province Monday evening. The typhoon has reduced its power to tropical storm when it hit Fengxian District of Shanghai at 10:45 a.m. Tuesday, packing up winds up to 75 km per hour. It has been 25 years since the last typhoon made a landfall in Shanghai. [Photo: Xinhua]


Tropical storm Fung-Wong is now making its way east toward the south coast of South Korea after making landfall in Shanghai earlier today.

The storm hit Shanghai earlier this morning, causing serious traffic jams during the morning rush hour.

Local police have also been patrolling areas prone to flooding.

"Once the waterlogging affects the road traffic to a considerable extent, we'd take measures right away. First we'd close the exits from highway, then we have detailed plans for travelers to detour, so as to minimize negative effects."

Fung-Wong already forced the evacuation of around 160-thousand people in neighboring Zhejiang on Monday.

Wang Shuangquan, chief forecaster from the national metrological center, says the storm has been moving in unusual ways.

"Track of the Typhoon is actually a little abnormal. When it moved from Bashi Channel to the sea southwest to Taiwan, which is northeast of South China Sea, the typhoon suddenly changed its route, heading east to sea areas southeast of Taiwan. Then it moved up north along the island's east coast. Routes like this is quite rare."

The storm hit Shanghai today with winds of around 85-kilometers per hour.

Fung-Wong is being blamed for 10 deaths in the northern Philippines when it first crossed into the South China Sea before taking its erratic track up China's east coast.

No casualties have been reported in China yet.

Related: Tropical Storm Causes Flight Delays in Shanghai

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