Super typhoon on road to Shanghai threatens disruptions

Super typhoon on road to Shanghai threatens disruptions

Super typhoon Muifa is heading north toward the Port of Shanghai, as more disruptions are looming over Asia’s largest container shipping hub.

The Japan Meteorological Agency reported heavy rain and destructive winds on 12 September in Taiwan and Japan’s southern islands, and warned of potential landslides and overflowing rivers as a result of rainfall.

Severe weather conditions prompted All Nippon Airways and Japan Airlines to cancel flights to and from the islands of Miyako and Ishigaki.

According to the US Joint Typhoon Warning Center, the typhoon has now set course to the Zhejiang Province’s coastal area neighbouring Shanghai and it is expected to hit the port area around 14 September.

China’s Ministry of National Defense and Ministry of Emergency Management have instructed ports to take precautionary measures to contain disruptions.

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Weather agencies have however warned about Muifa’s unstable path, and said the course of the typhoon can change suddenly.

Automated Tropical Cyclone Forecasting System (ATCF)

Muifa is the 12th typhoon this year, with winds close to 160 kilometres per hour.

Earlier last week, Asian shipping and logistics was impacted by another super typhoon.

Storm Hinnamnor reached Chinese and Japanese coasts over the weekend of 3-4 September, halting operations at the Chinese ports of Yangshan and Ningbo-Zhoushan.

South Korea’s Busan port closed as it braced for Hinnamnor to make landfall.

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