August 7, 2011 – – Direct Report from Shanghai on Super Typhoon Muifa: In the picture above, clouds loom over the financial district of Shanghai, as Typhoon Muifa passes by to the East. The narrative below is a composite of various Shanghai Newspapers, relative to the effect of Typhoon Muifa on the mega city.
Shanghai weather forecasters expect strong winds, even though the city of 23 million appeared to have escaped the brunt of Typhoon Muifa. Though earlier forecasts put the city directly in the storm’s path, it curved to the East. As a result, its impact would not be as strong as expected. Super Typhoon Muifa, the highest level, weakened to Typhoon level, after encountering dry air on its way to China. Muifa’s major impact will be strong Gale winds and torrential rains, mostly on coastal areas. The city has been on Typhoon Alert since Friday, and 300,000 people were evacuated.
More than 4,300 ships anchored in the city’s ports, to dodge the strong winds. The government also removed more than 6,000 billboards along the streets, fastened down 150,000 trees and suspended all outdoor construction projects.
City farmer harvested fruits and vegetables early and saved 12,000 tons of produce. More than 49 square kilometers of greenhouses and sheds were fastened down. Some 223 flights were canceled, at the city’s two airports, causing massive delays. The high-speed railway and the Metro system were not affected.
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