A storm swirling over the Pacific Ocean east of Taiwan is threatening to become a super typhoon before weakening and dousing Shanghai this weekend with as much as 5 inches (13 centimeters) of rain.
Typhoon Lekima could have top winds of 144 miles (232 kilometers) per hour, which would make it a Category 4 storm on the five-step Saffir-Simpson scale, according to the U.S. Joint Typhoon Warning Center in Hawaii. Taiwan’s Central Weather Bureau has issued a sea warning.
Path of Typhoon Lekima
The system is expected to pound the coast of China’s Zhenjiang province before arriving in Shanghai as a tropical storm, said Jason Nicholls, a meteorologist with AccuWeather Inc. Since it will approach from the south, Lekima is unlikely to hit Shanghai with much of a storm surge.
“I think Shanghai lucks out,” Nicholls said. “It shouldn’t be a problem.”
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