Typhoon leaves Shanghai, but its effects continue

The city was put on gale, rainstorm and lightning alerts on Friday, though this year's 18th typhoon has left Shanghai.
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A child shielding himself with an umbrella braves strong wind and heavy downpour caused by Typhoon Rumbia, the 18th typhoon of the year, in Shanghai, China, on August 17, 2018.

The city was put on gale, rainstorm and lightning alerts on Friday, though this year’s 18th typhoon has left Shanghai.

As soon as Rumbia made landfall at 4:05am this morning in southern coastal areas of the Pudong New Area it weakened. It passed the city and entered the neighboring Zhejiang Province after 6am.

But its impact on the city, marked by torrential rain and gusty winds, is continuing, according to Shanghai Meteorological Bureau.

At 10am Friday, a yellow rainstorm alert was released. At 12:41pm a yellow lightning alert was triggered. Then at 3pm the yellow typhoon alert, which was released Thursday noon, was lifted and replaced with a yellow gale alert.

Yellow is the second of the four-tier warning system.

From 4am to 11am, downtown Xujiahui recorded accumulated rainfall of 38.7 millimeters. Pudong, the most-hit district, recorded average precipitation of 43.7 millimeters.

Downpours and thunderstorms will gradually wane during the evening rush hours, but residents are still warned to brace for scattered showers. Meanwhile, strong winds will blow over the city overnight, the weather authority said.


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