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Clear sky forecast as Fung-Wong departs
By Ke Jiayun

TROPICAL storm Fung-Wong has moved away from the city, leaving overcast weather and showers in its wake today.

However, the cloud is set to depart by tomorrow, with clear and dry weather forecast until Sunday, said the Shanghai Meteorological Bureau.


Fung-Wong made landfall in the city’s suburban Fengxian District at 10:45am yesterday, packing winds of up to 82 kilometers per hour.

It was expected to continue moving northeast and pass through Jiangsu Province before entering the southern waters of the Yellow Sea.

The weather bureau lifted a yellow alert — the second lowest on a four-tier system — for a typhoon at 5pm yesterday.

It raised a blue alert — the lowest level — at the same time, but lifted this at 9pm.

Rainfall in most districts monitored was reported ranging between 30 and 70 millimeters, although in the Pudong New Area one weather station reported 80.3 millimeters.

Strongest winds were recorded at Yangshan Deep-Water Port, with gusts reaching 95km/h.

However, in downtown many residents didn’t feel much affected by Fung-Wong, which had claimed 13 lives as it passed over the Philippines and Taiwan.

One elderly man said the tropical storm brought no obvious weather changes.

“In the past, when a typhoon came, we’d see trees uprooted on the streets,” he said.

A female pedestrian said Fung-Wong was not so violent as she’d feared as there was no torrential rain.

Weather officials said this can be attributed to three factors: the fact that Fung-Wong was not particularly strong; winds at its center were weaker than other flows; and its curving route lessened its impact on the city.

Zhang Ruiyi, a chief service officer at the Shanghai Meteorological Bureau, said Fung-Wong had been downgraded from a severe tropical storm to a general one by the time it landed.

No serious flooding occurred in the city during its passage.

The Shanghai Education Commission had said students who were late for school or didn’t go wouldn’t be punished, but in the event, few students were affected by the storm.

Scattered showers are forecast for the early part of today, with skies clearing in the afternoon. Temperatures will be between 22 and 26 degrees Celsius.

From tomorrow, high pressure will once again dominate the city weather.

Temperatures will climb to 28 degrees by Sunday, when rain is forecast again, forecasters said.

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