Heavy rain from Typhoon Chanthu drenches Xiamen, China

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Heavy rain drenched a city in China as Typhoon Chanthu drew closer on Monday.

Footage shows an intense downpour battering port city Xiamen in the southeastern province of Fujian on September 13. The rain poured down in waves, swamping an empty sports field amid while lightning flashed intermittently.

Chanthu, which has been downgraded from a super typhoon on Sunday, remains a formidable storm, and is forecasted to lash eastern China, including Jiangsu, Zhejiang, and Shanghai until Wednesday. The Ministry of Water Resources has issued a mild Level-IV emergency response for floods.

The storm has prompted the closure of ports in Zhoushan and Ningbo, as well as triggered flight cancellations in Shanghai on Monday. Flights will resume in Shanghai by Tuesday afternoon.

Chanthu spared China a direct hit, lingering over the mouth of the Yangtze River on Tuesday. The National Meteorological Center said the typhoon is expected to weaken on Wednesday night as it moves northeast towards Japan and South Korea.