Typhoon brings heavy rain, winds to Shanghai, coastal China

BEIJING (AP) — A typhoon brought high winds and heavy rains to China's eastern coastal areas including the financial hub of Shanghai early Tuesday.

China’s National Meteorological Center said Typhoon Hagiput made landfall in Zhejiang province around 3:30 a.m., with winds blowing up to 136.8 kilometers (85 miles) per hour at its center.

It was moving north at around 25 kilometers (16 miles) per hour and was expected gradually turn in a northeasterly direction, heading out to sea again on Wednesday morning and moving toward the Korean Peninsula.

China had ordered evacuations of vulnerable coastal areas in Zhejiang and Fujian provinces to the south, recalled fishing boats and suspended ferry service and some trains.

There were no immediate reports of damage or injuries resulting from the storm. State broadcaster CCTV showed trees toppled in the Zhejiang city of Yuhuan, but there were no indications of serious damage.

This year’s typhoon season has been relatively mild in China, although flooding since June along its major river systems has caused scores of deaths, forced around 2 million people to be evacuated and caused more than 49 billion yuan ($7 billion) in damage.

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