Typhoon threatens to drench China's east coast
Fishing boats are docked Friday in the port of Zhoushan on China's east coast as Typhoon Muifa nears.
August 5th, 2011
12:39 PM ET

Typhoon threatens to drench China's east coast

Chinese authorities are warning residents along the country's eastern coast to prepare for sustained torrential rains and strong winds as one of the strongest typhoons in recent years approaches.

Typhoon Muifa is forecast to hit China's eastern coast in Zhejiang province, south of Shanghai, late Saturday or early Sunday, forecasters told the state-run news agency Xinhua.

Rainfall from Muifa will cover a million square kilometers (386,000 square miles) as the typhoon lingers for up to 11 days, Lou Maoyuan, deputy chief of the Zhejiang Provincial Meteorological Station, told Xinhua.

Waves from Muifa could reach 40 feet (12 meters) in the East China Sea and almost 15 feet (4.5 meters) along the coast near Shanghai and Zhejiang, forecasters told Xinhua. Authorities called more than 9,000 vessels back to harbors, the news agency reported.

Meanwhile, Muifa was raking the Japanese island of Okinawa on Friday, Stars and Stripes reported. Almost 18 inches of rain had fallen on the island in 24 hours, and wind gusts of almost 100 mph were recorded at the U.S. Air Force's Kadena Air Base.

Japanese broadcaster NHK reported 30 injuries from the storm on Okinawa.

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soundoff (13 Responses)
  1. Ms. Banasy

    Japan just can't catch a break!

    Not really too concerned about China, though.

    August 5, 2011 at 12:58 pm | Report abuse |
  2. bobcat2u

    How you getting home tonite ???? Backstroke !!!!

    August 5, 2011 at 1:10 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Simon

    Once again Godzilla's wrath is fealt. Hopefully this dosen't unleash Mothra

    August 5, 2011 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse |
  4. RUFFNUTT

    is drenched worse than a downpour?

    August 5, 2011 at 3:22 pm | Report abuse |
  5. leeintulsa

    We NEVER get typhoons 😦

    August 5, 2011 at 5:54 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Ms. Banasy

    I hope you guys get drenched soon, leeintulsa!

    August 5, 2011 at 6:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • leeintulsa

      20 percent chance tuesday.. And i hear we're on fire again.. Woohoo lol. Man, broke two more records today

      August 5, 2011 at 7:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • leeintulsa

      LOL. Just heard a good thing.. With no standing water, mosquitoes are down 80 percent..

      August 5, 2011 at 7:15 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Ms. Banasy

    Well, the 'skeeters I have here are big enough to carry me down to see you, leeintulsa!

    August 5, 2011 at 7:37 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Chris

    Saying "Typhoon threatens to drench China's east coast" implies that China has other coasts. Which it doesn't. But then again I'm not surprised, this is CNN after all. Shoddy editing is only to be expected.

    August 6, 2011 at 3:39 am | Report abuse |
    • James

      Which coast is Hainan off of?

      August 6, 2011 at 4:52 am | Report abuse |
    • chinaexpert

      China has Southern and Northern coasts as well...take a look at Google Earth...

      August 6, 2011 at 4:56 am | Report abuse |
  9. Isaac

    386,000 sq miles? That cant be right.

    August 6, 2011 at 7:45 pm | Report abuse |