(September 12): Asia’s largest container shipping hub could face another major storm as Typhoon Muifa batters Shanghai and nearby Ningbo.
The U.S. Joint Typhoon Warning Center forecasts the typhoon’s path to hit ports on China’s east coast on Wednesday (September 14). The storm closely follows Super Typhoon Hinnamnor, which brushed past the vital shipping hub last week, temporarily shutting down Shanghai’s main container port, Yangshan.
Typhoon Muifa is currently located east of Taiwan, heading north with peak wind gusts of 120 miles (193 km) per hour, according to the US warning center.
Last week’s storm scattered ships out of the mega-hub, and the ship queue is still above the 50-day average as ports recover, according to Bloomberg The data.
Despite recent bad weather, Asia has had a relatively calm storm season. Typhoon activity in the Pacific Northwest this year is expected to be 35% lower than normal, according to Tropical Storm Risk.