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szdaily -> Important news
HATO CAUSES NO MAJOR DAMAGE IN CITY
    2017-August-24  08:53    Shenzhen Daily

Han Ximin

ximhan@126.com

GALES and downpours brought by Typhoon Hato, the 13th typhoon of the year, forced the closure of schools and businesses, the cancellation of flights and ferry services, and the suspension of Metro trains as it swept across the sea 100 kilometers south of Shenzhen yesterday.

It caused blackouts in some areas of Pingshan, flooded Zhongying Street in Shatoujiao in Yantian District and caused a sea water encroachment in Yanbian Village in Shajing, Bao’an District.

At around 10 a.m., when the alert level was raised to red, the highest level, Shenzhen police closed the Guangzhou-Shenzhen Riverside Expressway due to safety concerns. Shenzhen Bay Checkpoint was also closed at around 9:45 a.m.

The gales at the center of Hato reached 45 meters per second when it landed in Zhuhai around noon yesterday. It entered Yangchun City after making landfall and moved northwest to Yunfu and the Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region. As the typhoon moved westward, flights were disrupted in Guangxi and rail services were delayed or canceled in Yunnan Province.

Despite some areas of the city being affected and some traffic being disrupted, Shenzhen’s disaster relief office said yesterday that there were no major disasters or fatalities in the city.

Public transport partially returned to normal yesterday afternoon.

High-speed trains departing from Shenzhen North Railway Station to Guangzhou, Shantou and Hangzhou, and intercity trains between Shenzhen and Guangzhou, have gradually been resuming operation since 4 p.m. yesterday.

Flight departures resumed at the Shenzhen International Airport at 3 p.m. yesterday when the alert level was lowered to orange.

As of 5 p.m., no casualties had been reported in Guangdong Province, according to Xinhua.

Thirteen cities and counties in Guangdong issued red alerts for the typhoon.

Initial investigations showed the typhoon blew down over 2,000 trees, damaged signs, railings and fences on roads in Guangdong, Xinhua reported.

Shenzhen reported an average rainfall of 48.2 millimeters, with a maximum rainfall of 90 millimeters recorded in Pingshan District.

In Macao, three people were killed, according to Eva Van, a spokeswoman for the Macao government. The storm also caused widespread power outages throughout the city.

A 62-year-old man died in a fall, a 45-year-old man was hit and killed by a car, and a wall crashed down onto a 30-year-old man.

The Hong Kong Observatory, the city’s weather service, declared a Signal 10 Tropical Cyclone Warning — its highest-level storm alert — early yesterday. It’s the first time in five years the city has seen a T-10 typhoon, although the warning has since been downgraded.

Hong Kong was hit with massive swells and flooding, since the storm struck during high tide, and many trees were uprooted in the city’s coastal regions. Most businesses were closed, as was the financial hub’s stock market.

A high water level of 3.7 meters was recorded in the fishing village of Tai O, the observatory said. Winds as fast as 77 kilometers per hour with maximum gusts of 127 kilometers per hour were recorded on the island of Lantau, where the Hong Kong International Airport is located.

Some 450 flights had been canceled as of yesterday morning, Hong Kong’s airport official said. (Related story on P3)

 

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