Typhoon Chanthu likely to stall for days off Shanghai coast

Typhoon Chanthu has come to a virtual halt just off the coast of Shanghai, with forecasters saying that it would remain in the region throughout Wednesday September 15th, resulting in heavy rain and high winds along the central Chinese coast.

There had been fears that the storm would inflict a direct hit on the key port areas of Ningbo-Zhoushan and Shanghai Yangshan, but this did not happen.

As of Tuesday morning September 14th Chanthu was recording maximum sustained wind speeds of about 65 knots – far below its peak strength last week.

However, the weather event still posed a risk to shipping interests, with wave heights of up to 26ft being measured off the coast. As much as 10 inches of rain was forecast over the Shanghai / Hangzhou Bay region.

In Shanghai, hundreds of flights were grounded, air cargo operations were suspended, most port and cargo movements were put on hold, and at least 28,000 residents were evacuated from areas vulnerable to flooding.

Container terminal operations at Ningbo were wound down on Sunday. Shanghai Yangshan, Waigaoqiao and Wusong all closed their truck gates from Monday morning. At Zhoushan cargo and marine operations closed on Saturday.