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Shanghai, nearby ports brace for powerful typhoon

Thu, 08/04/2011 - 2:31am
Reuters

SHANGHAI (Reuters) - Shanghai and the neighboring Chinese province of Zhejiang are bracing for a strong typhoon that is expected to hit this weekend, with authorities making contingency plans to shut ports if necessary.

Typhoon Muifa is forecast to hit Shanghai, and a swathe of the eastern coast including the port city of Ningbo to the south, on Sunday with gusts of around 180 km/h (113 mph), according to Tropical Storm Risk (www.tropicalstormrisk.com).

China has issued an orange alert to ships and fishing vessels, its second-highest alert level, the official Xinhua news agency said on Thursday, adding that Muifa was expected to be one of the most powerful typhoons to hit China in recent years.

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