As Typhoon Hinnamnor approached China’s eastern coastal areas on Sunday afternoon, it was reclassified as a super typhoon and emergency response was upgraded to Level III, the third highest in the national system at four levels, Saturday.
This year’s 11th typhoon brought heavy rain and wind, shutting down schools and cruise ships.
Heavy rains had already hit Ningbo and Shaoxing in Zhejiang province on Sunday and over the next 36 hours the typhoon is expected to hit coastal areas, according to the National Meteorological Center.
Ningbo’s education bureau on Monday ordered the suspension of classes at all primary schools, middle schools and kindergartens in the city, with the strength of the typhoon determining the length of the suspension. Elsewhere in the province, education departments in Wenzhou and Zhoushan issued similar notices.
From Sunday, the Shanghai Passenger Steamship Company suspended all routes except the Changheng Ferry.
The typhoon was centered about 340 kilometers off the city of Zhoushan on Sunday afternoon and is moving north at a speed of about 20 kilometers per hour, with increasing intensity, the center said.
Steam flowing to northeastern provinces, including Jilin and Heilongjiang, is expected to bring heavy rains in its wake.
Zhang Ling, the center’s chief forecaster, said the chances of the typhoon directly hitting China are slim, but heavy rains and winds will still affect coastal areas.
“Sea temperatures and atmospheric heat conditions are favorable for the growth of the typhoon and therefore it is dangerous to operate at sea,” she warned.
Work teams have been dispatched to Zhejiang and Jiangsu to assist with typhoon response works, the state headquarters for flood control and drought relief said.
He suggested that ships should shelter in ports and advised affected areas to take measures to prevent floods and other disasters.
A storm surge is expected from Sunday to Monday, with water rises of 60 to 180 centimeters forecast along the coast of the Yangtze River estuary and Hangzhou Bay, the Ministry of Natural Resources said. .