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Severe Tropical Storm Haikui Hit Zhejiang and Shanghai

Published by  david at 2012/8/8;

Severe tropical storm Haikui approached the coastal area of east China's Zhejiang province on Monday (August 6, 2012) While gradually strengthening, Haikui is expected to make landfall on the north-central regions of Zhejiang on midnight Tuesday or Wednesday morning. It has brought gusts and heavy rainfall to some coastal regions of Zhejiang and more than 130,000 people have been evacuated.

Neighboring Shanghai and Jiangsu are also expected to suffer from the heavy rainfall in the next couple of days. Most flights were canceled or delayed at the Airport in Shanghai today and the local authorities had organized a large scale evacuation.
Tourists are not recommended to visit these areas these days until Haikui is over. Tourists in Shanghai or Hangzhou are expected to follow the advices from tour guides and the government.
Here are some safety tips:
1. Stay indoors and keep calm.
2. If the storm becomes severe, move into a hallway or area where there is the least exposure to external glass windows.
3. Watch for leaks around windows and doors. If the wind is strong enough, water may be blown into your home even if the windows are closed. Have handy towels, rags and mops.
4. After the storm is over, check for broken glass, fallen trees and downed power lines which may present safety hazards.

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