Cities in eastern China are suspending ferry services and suspending classes in preparation for the arrival of Typhoon Hinnamnor, a strong storm expected to affect neighboring Taiwan, Japan and South Korea.
Shanghai suspended ferry services on Sunday and sent more than 50,000 police officers to assist with rescues and direct traffic away from dangerous areas.
Wenzhou’s eastern business hub also ordered all classes to be suspended on Monday.
Typhoon Hinnamnor is predicted to be the strongest storm in the world in 2022 and gradually move north toward the East China Sea.
Evacuations and flight cancellations have been ordered in Okinawa, Japan. The storm is also expected to bring heavy rains to the Korean peninsula and the potential for flooding.
According to the Hong Kong Observatory, the typhoon’s maximum wind speed is 175 km (109 miles) per hour.
China’s National Weather Center issued a yellow typhoon warning at 10 a.m. on Sunday, warning of heavy rain in northeastern Zhejiang province, Shanghai, and the autonomous region of Taiwan.
Ships were told to return to port to avoid the wind, and the center also urged people against large gatherings, both indoors and outdoors.
According to Taiwan’s Central News Agency, more than 600 residents in New Taipei, Taoyuan and Hsinchu counties evacuated to nearby shelters on Saturday amid heavy rains and strong winds.
A typhoon caused a landslide in Miaoli County, Taiwan, blowing about 100 roadside trees.
About 40 flights across Taiwan and more than 100 ferry services were also canceled on Saturday, according to the city’s Ministry of Transport and Communications.