Destroyed East China, Forcing 1.6 Million People From Their Homes

BEIJING- The tropical storm that brought heavy rains and typhoon-strength winds to Shanghai overnight was moving up China's eastern coast Thursday.

The Xinhua News Agency released this image of Jiashan County in Jiaxing City, east China's Zhejiang Province, on Wednesday, September 14, 2022, showing workers carrying sandbags to reinforce the riverbank to prevent backflow caused by Typhoon Muifa. As the wind and rain have weakened, typhoon Meihua now ranks as a severe tropical storm, China's National Meteorological Center reports.

China's National Meteorological Center reports that typhoon Muifa had 125 kilometers per hour winds when it made landfall late Wednesday, but that it had weakened to a tropical storm by early Thursday. Through the day, it is expected to weaken further as it moves through eastern Jiangsu province.

There have been no reported casualties or major damage in Shanghai, and public transportation was restarting Thursday after the metro was shut down during the storm.

Following overnight rains, hundreds of scooters and cars are buried under water in Ningbo, south of Shanghai. There were, however, only a few street closures reported in official city government accounts.

There was 15 centimeters (6 inches) of water in a Shanghai residential complex overnight, local media reported.

Schools across Jiangsu province have been cancelled for Thursday due to a typhoon warning and heavy rain warning.

According to the National Meteorological Center, maximum winds reached 108 kilometers (67 miles) per hour this morning and will gradually weaken throughout the day. Toward the end of Thursday night, the storm will move around 25 kilometers per hour and leave land briefly.

State media reported that more than 1 million people had been evacuated in Shanghai and other cities in Zhejiang Province on Wednesday.