Typhoon Muifa churns toward China`s Qingdao port

High waters and heavy surf battered China`s northern port of Qingdao as Typhoon Muifa approached.

Beijing: High waters and heavy surf battered
China`s northern port of Qingdao as Typhoon Muifa approached
Sunday on its way up the coast.

Authorities closed beaches and piled sandbags along
Qingdao`s waterfront, after evacuating hundreds of thousands
of people further south and calling more than 30,000 ships
back to shore.

In the commercial capital of Shanghai, where strong winds
downed power lines and blew away billboards, a 24-year-old man
was reported missing while swimming in heavy surf in the
city`s Jinshan district, Shanghai Television reported.

The rains threw train and bus services into disarray.

Hundreds of flights in eastern China have been canceled over
the weekend.

Muifa, moving northwest about 15 miles per hour (23 kph)
over the East China Sea, was forecast to slam into the
Shandong peninsula near Qingdao early Monday and weaken to a
tropical storm, the Hong Kong Observatory said.

Today afternoon the Category 1 typhoon was about 125
miles (200 kilometers) east-northeast of Shanghai, passing
west of South Korea with winds gusting at up to 85 miles per
hour (137 kph).

South Korean authorities issued a tidal wave and flood
warning along the country`s west and south coast and urged
steps to prevent possible flooding. Many domestic flights
between Seoul and the southern island of Jeju were canceled,
according to Yonhap news agency.

Heavy rain was also forecast Monday and Tuesday for parts
of North Korea, which has been hit by massive flooding that
has damaged wide swaths of farmland as well as tens of
thousands of homes.


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