The storm moves to the east coast of China after blowing over Shanghai

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BEIJING — A tropical storm was moving up the east coast of China on Thursday after bringing typhoon-force winds and heavy rain to Shanghai overnight.

Typhoon Muifa had peak winds of 125 kilometers (77 miles) per hour when it made landfall Wednesday evening, but had weakened to a tropical storm by morning, according to China’s National Meteorological Center. It was expected to weaken further as it moved through eastern parts of Jiangsu Province during the day.

No casualties or major damage were reported in the Shanghai area, and the city restarted public transit on Thursday after shutting down the subway as the storm passed.

Photos posted on social media showed flooding in the city of Ningbo, south of Shanghai, with scooters and cars buried in water, after massive rains overnight. However, official city government accounts only noted some street closures.

A residential complex in Shanghai said it measured 15 centimeters (6 inches) of water overnight, according to local media.

Jiangsu Province issued a typhoon warning as well as a heavy rain warning, and districts across the province canceled school for Thursday.

Maximum winds this morning reached 108 kilometers (67 miles) per hour and will gradually weaken as the day progresses, the National Weather Center said. The storm will leave the mainland briefly and reach the Yellow Sea before hitting Shandong province later Thursday evening, moving at about 25 kilometers per hour, the center said.

More than a million people in Shanghai and other cities in Zhejiang province were evacuated on Wednesday, according to state media.

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