Shanghai: China has put parts of its east coast on alert as powerful Typhoon Muifa approaches the country. Muifa battered Japan’s southern island of Okinawa late on Friday as it headed towards China’s Zhejiang and Jiangsu provinces, near Shanghai.More than 7,000 fishing boats have been called back to harbour, as winds reached 162km/h (100mph), generating waves of 36ft (11m) out at sea.
Air travel faces disruption and coastal areas are preparing for evacuations.
China Southern Airlines has cancelled more than 140 flights to eastern China from Saturday afternoon while Shanghai-based China Eastern Airlines warned of a “severe impact” on services.
An orange alert has been issued to ships and fishing vessels, China’s second-highest alert level, the meteorological office said.
Typhoon Muifa is expected to make landfall in China on Saturday night or early on Sunday.
The last time Shanghai was badly hit was in 2005, when Typhoon Matsa killed seven people.
The city’s rail authorities are planning inspections of local high-speed rail networks and warned that some services could be halted or delayed depending on the storm’s severity.
A train crash last month near the city killed 40 people, with weather suspected to have played a part.
Muifa was moving west after its heavy rains prompted flight cancellations and blackouts in Okinawa on Friday, according to Japan’s Meteorological Agency.