Typhoon Hinnamnor: land ferries to China and Japan, flights


BEIJING — Cities in eastern China suspended ferry services and classes and flights were canceled in Japan on Sunday as Typhoon Hinnamnor, this year’s strongest global storm, swept through Taiwan and the Koreas with high winds and heavy rain.

Shanghai has grounded ferry services and deployed more than 50,000 police to help with rescues and steer traffic away from dangerous areas. Wenzhou Oriental Trade Center ordered all classes suspended on Monday.

Hinnamnor is expected to move gradually north into the East China Sea with maximum sustained winds of 175 kilometers (109 miles) per hour, according to the Hong Kong Observatory.

Evacuations and flight cancellations have been ordered on the southern island of Okinawa in Japan. The typhoon is also expected to bring intense rainfall to the Korean Peninsula, bringing the possibility of flooding.

China’s National Meteorological Center issued a yellow typhoon warning at 10 a.m. Sunday and warned of heavy rains in northeast Zhejiang, Shanghai and autonomous Taiwan.

Ships were told to return to port to shelter from the wind, and the center also urged people to avoid large indoor and outdoor gatherings.

In Japan, the typhoon hit Okinawa and nearby islands with heavy rains and strong winds, threatening to inundate and ground more than 100 flights connecting the islands and parts of the southern main island of Kyushu.

Footage from Japanese national television NHK showed trees violently shaken by the storm, with heavy rain hitting the sidewalk. A mango greenhouse on Ishigaki Island has been demolished. On the main island of Okinawa, two elderly people fell and suffered minor injuries, according to media reports.

Officials said the slow-moving typhoon could add to rainfall and flood risk in the southern region where dense rain clouds have been blocked.

In Taiwan, more than 600 residents of New Taipei, Taoyuan and Hsinchu counties were evacuated to shelters on Saturday amid heavy rains and strong winds, according to the island’s Central News Agency.

The typhoon caused a landslide in Miaoli County and blew over 100 roadside trees. About 40 flights and more than 100 ferry services across Taiwan were also canceled on Saturday.


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