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Typhoon Muifa turns towards Shandong

world Updated: Aug 08, 2011 00:28 IST
National Meteorological Centre

More than six lakh people were moved to safer destinations as Typhoon Muifa grazed past China's eastern coast city of Shanghai on Sunday.

The ninth cyclone to hit China this year, Muifa slightly rattled China's commercial hub Shanghai and nearby areas with high winds and heavy rain that downed power lines and forced cancellations of dozens of flights.

Though Shanghai was not hit directly, the typhoon with gusts up to 178km per hour, was moving north at 25km per hour towards the eastern coast of Shandong Province where it is expected to make landfall today, the National Meteorological Centre said in a bulletin.

More than 62,700 vessels were ordered to dock as a precaution though the typhoon weakened on its way.

In Shandong, the weather forecast bureau said the typhoon might further weaken into a tropical storm when it lands, even so authorities continued to order about 20,000 fishing boats to lay anchor in harbours.