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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Typhoon Targets Shanghai

SHANGHAI -- A powerful typhoon targeted China's booming eastern province of Zhejiang and the nation's financial capital, Shanghai, on Tuesday, prompting the evacuation of at least 1 million people as ships were recalled to port.

Typhoon Wipha, with gusts of up to 198 kilometers per hour, was moving northwest at 25 to 30 kilometers per hour and should make landfall in the early hours of Wednesday, Xinhua news agency said.

"East China, including the commercial hub of Shanghai, is preparing for what may be the most destructive typhoon in a decade," the agency said.

The intensity of the typhoon was close to that of Saomai, which killed more than 400 people in China in August 2006 and was said to be the strongest storm to hit the country in 50 years, said Chen Hongyi, deputy chief of the meteorological bureau in the coastal city of Taizhou, Xinhua reported.

China's National Meteorological Center described the storm on its web site as a "super typhoon."

"Wipha will hit our province head on, and the areas affected would be the most economically developed and densely populated," the Zhejiang provincial government warned on its web site.

Tens of thousands of boats and ships had returned to harbor in Zhejiang, where beach resorts and sea farms were evacuated and ferry services suspended, state media said.