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AP / The Hindu / BEIJING, August 7, 2011.
Tourists visit the Bund, one of the most popular tourist destinations in town, in rain and strong winds caused by Typhoon Muifa in Shanghai, China on Sunday - AP.
High waters and heavy surf battered China’s northern port of Qingdao as Typhoon Muifa approached, on 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 cancelled 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 on Monday and weaken to a tropical storm, the Hong Kong Observatory said.
Today afternoon the Category-1 typhoon was about 125 miles (200 kilometres) east-northeast of Shanghai, passing west of South Korea with winds gusting at up to 85 miles per hour (137 kph).
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