Tropical Storm Rumbia is forecast to make landfall near Shanghai in the early hours (local time) of Friday, August 17, with heavy rain and strong winds beginning on Thursday, August 16. Rumbia formed as a tropical depression on Wednesday, August 15, before rapidly strengthening to a tropical storm later that day. By the time it makes landfall, the storm is expected to have sustained wind speeds of 75 km/h (46 mph) and gusts up to 92 km/h (57 mph). Shanghai has been placed on a blue typhoon alert, the lowest of China's four-tier system. Some flooding and wind damage are possible, along with flight delays from Shanghai's Pudong and Hongqiao international airports.
Typhoons and tropical cyclones are common in the western Pacific and East China Sea from May through November. Rumbia is the fourth such storm to hit eastern China this year.
Individuals present in the affected areas are advised to monitor local weather reports, anticipate strong winds and heavy rain (and associated disruptions), and adhere to all instructions issued by local authorities. Remember that driving or walking through running water can be dangerous - 15 cm (6 in) of running water is enough to knock over an adult - and that floodwater may contain wastewater or chemical products; all items having come into contact with the water should be disinfected and all foodstuffs discarded.
Travelers using Shanghai's Pudong International Airport and Hongqiao International Airport should confirm flight status in case of delays or cancelations.
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