Tropical Storm Yagi, also known as 18W, is forecast to make landfall south of Shanghai on Sunday, August 12, bringing heavy rain and high winds. As of 02:00 (local time) on Saturday, August 11, the storm was packing maximum sustained winds of 65 km/h (40 mph), with the center of the storm located at approximately 24°18' N, 130°48' E. Consequent flooding, as well as associated transportation disruptions and power outages, are possible in the Shanghai area in the coming days. Up-to-date information can be found at the Joint Typhoon Warning Center website.
Typhoons and tropical cyclones are common in the western Pacific from June through November.
Individuals present in the Shanghai area 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. Potentially impacted air travelers are advised to verify the status of their flights prior to departure for the airport and to anticipate potential delays.
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