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Flights and rail service canceled in Chinese city of Shanghai as Typhoon Chanthu nears mainland

BEIJING – Flights and rail service are canceled in Shanghai, China’s largest city, as Typhoon Chanthu approached the mainland on Monday after bringing heavy rain and wind to Taiwan.

Local media reported that all flights will be suspended from both Shanghai airports starting at 3:00 p.m. (07:00 GMT) on Monday. The metro was also preparing to close, while classrooms and many offices and stores were closed for the day.

Chanthu inundated Taiwan with up to 13 centimeters of rain on Sunday as the center of the storm passed the island’s east coast with winds of 162 km / h (101 mph) and gusts of up to 198 km / h (124 mph), before crossing the Taiwan Detroit to Shanghai.

After pouring rains on Shanghai, Chanthu is expected to head north through eastern China and head to South Korea and Japan.

The storm ravaged the island of Luzon in the Philippines last week, but no flooding or damage was reported.

Typhoon In-fa made landfall south of Shanghai in late July, canceling flights and evacuating around 330,000 residents from Fengxian District, on the southern outskirts of the city.

Torrential rains and flooding in July killed at least 292 people in Zhengzhou, a large city in central Henan Province, some of whom were trapped in the city’s metro tunnels.

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