A Typhoon in Shanghai: Photos and Preparation Tips

8 Aug

China has been hit by three typhoons in the past week—but Hǎikuí is the first to put Shanghai on it’s highest storm alert. The storm has caused extreme flooding in the Phillipines, and 374,000 people were evacuated from Shanghai’s coast.

The storm gave Cecily a day off work, but we still had to (briefly) brave the storm—so I took the opportunity to document the effects of the 150 km winds and torrential rain.

Pictures of Typhoon Hǎikuí in Shanghai

How to Prepare for a Typhoon in Shanghai

Hǎikuí is the first major typhoon to hit Shanghai since Typhoon Matsa hit in 2005—killing seven Shanghai residents. If you live in eastern China, typhoons are inevitable this time of year, so it’s a good idea to be prepared!

I recommend looking over this 14-step guide on typhoon preparation. Check out number 13:

“Pool your resources with your neighbors. Have an impromptu cookout and block party with whatever is in everyone’s refrigerators if power is out and you need to eat food that will go bad soon.”

Sounds fun!


Here is some footage of what the typhoon looked like in other parts of China (including Anji County).

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2 Responses to “A Typhoon in Shanghai: Photos and Preparation Tips”

  1. Nadia August 10, 2012 at 3:01 am #

    Holy that is some serious storm!!!!!! However, it must have been neat to experience typhoon….different than hearing it on the news I bet.
    Love the fashion Cecily… absolutely love it 🙂
    Ami you captured some wicked photos keep up the good work.

    So when is the next post coming about the largest city………………………
    love you guys lots.
    Missing you during these hot summer days and cracking open a beer or two

    • Ami Sanyal August 10, 2012 at 11:52 am #

      It was an interesting experience! I’m glad it didn’t hit Shanghai as hard as it did some other areas.

      Glad you’re enjoying the photos! My post on Hangzhuo will come soon—after one Cecily has been preparing =)

      We miss you too! Drink one of those beers for me =)

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