China's National Meteorological Center (NMC) has forecast Typhoon Mitag to bring heavy rain to some parts of Shanghai and to the provinces of Fujian, Zhejiang, and Jiangsu from Monday, September 30, through Tuesday, October 1. The coastal areas of Zhejiang province are forecast to be particularly affected on Tuesday. The Ministry of Emergency Management (MEM) activated a level 4 emergency response and deployed working teams in the provinces of Zhejiang and Fujian on Sunday, September 29. Around 23,000 seaside residents were evacuated, while 43 tourist spots and 241 construction sites have been shut down as of the morning (local time) on Monday.
As of 20:00 (local time) on Monday, Tropical Storm Mitag was located at approximately 25.7°N 121.8°E (map here) with wind speeds of 120 kph (75 mph). The typhoon is forecast to pass 210 km (130 mi) east of Shanghai at 04:00 on Wednesday, October 2, weakening slightly as it begins to curve northeast towards South Korea.
Business and transportation disruptions, including flight delays or cancelations, are possible.
Individuals in the affected areas are advised to monitor local weather reports, confirm flight reservations, adhere to instructions issued by local authorities, anticipate adverse weather and power and transportation disruptions, and remember that running water can be dangerous - 15 cm (6 in) is enough to knock over an adult - and never drive through flooded streets; floodwater may also contain wastewater and chemical products.
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