Strong typhoon to hammer Taiwan and southeast China, bring 3 days of rain to Shanghai

By Ella Wong, September 28, 2015

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Flights have been canceled, rail services suspended and thousands evacuated as Typhoon Dujuan approaches Taiwan. Packing sustained winds of 230 kmph (145 mph), Typhoon Dujuan is currently categorized as a Category 4 storm, but is expected to weaken to a Category 3 storm by the time it makes landfall on Taiwan’s east coast this evening.

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The cyclone is expected to bring heavy rain and destructive winds to the island, including in Taipei, before tracking northwest towards Chinese mainland’s southeastern coast “as a somewhat weakened but still dangerous typhoon,” according to weather.com. China has issued an orange alert for the storm, the second highest level.

Rain forecast typhoon Dujuan China and Taiwan

Dujuan is expected to make its second landfall in Fujian but will also bring rain and thunderstorms up the coast to Shanghai, where rain could begin as early as this afternoon and last until Thursday, the start of the week-long October Holiday.

Shanghai weather forecast

Last month Typhoon Soudelor killed seven in Taiwan and 26 in Chinese mainland

This year has seen unusually intense storm activity in the western Pacific because of the interaction of a strengthening El Niño event with the enhanced rainfall phase of a global weather cycle called the Madden-Julian Oscillation (MJO).

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