Authorities in Shanghai and neighboring coastal regions cancelled flights, and suspended schools, subways and trains as Typhoon Chanthu approached mainland China after drenching Taiwan.

All flights at the city’s larger Pudong International Airport were to be cancelled as of 11 AM local time (03:00 GMT), while flights from the smaller Hongqiao airport in the west of the city were to be cancelled from 3 PM.

Port terminals in the Shanghai region suspended container import and export services as of Monday, September 13th until further notice. Vessel sailing schedules will be delayed as well.

Official forecasts called for rainfall of 250-280mm (10.5 inches) in some areas of southeastern Jiangsu province, Shanghai and northeastern Zhejiang.

Zhejiang also issued red alerts for flash floods in nine districts. Ningbo port, China’s second-biggest container transporting hub after Shanghai, had suspended operations since Sunday noon.

Source: Reuters