Typhoon Hits South China, No Casualties Reported
The Powerful typhoon Hagupit whipped past Hong Kong overnight and now entering South China. The typhoon has uprooted trees and causing flash floods in low-lying areas including Lantau island near Airport.
Tropical storms in the region gather intensity from the warm ocean waters and frequently develop into typhoons that hit Taiwan, Japan, the Philippines and southern China during a season that lasts from early summer to late autumn.
Radio Netherlands have reported that more than 100,000 people have been evacuated from coastal areas of southern China in the face of Typhoon Hagupit which has made landfall in Guangdong province. Dozens of people in Hongkong have been injured as a result of the storm. Schools have been closed in the former British colony and air travel has been disrupted.
Hagupit claimed at least 8 lives when it hit the Philippines earlier. In the northern Philippines, 13 mineworkers are still trapped after a tunnel was flooded. All rescue attempts have so far failed.
A powerful typhoon plowed into a densely populated area of south China Wednesday, triggering a "once-in-a-century storm tide" in several cities, state media said.
Authorities evacuated more than 100,000 people before typhoon Hagupit made landfall around dawn. The storm killed at least eight people in the Philippines earlier in the week.
Streets were deserted and shops and businesses shuttered as the storm uprooted trees and brought down billboards in cities across the booming southern Chinese province of Guangdong, including Maoming where the center of the storm made landfall.
The state news agency Xinhua said a fishing boat sank but no casualties were reported.
It described typhoon Hagupit as "the worst to hit Guangdong in more than a decade," but it was not clear by what gauge it was measuring the storm when typhoons in the past have triggered heavy death tolls.
High winds destroyed a petrol station along the Zhanjiang section of State Highway 325 and a factory under construction. The local government said no casualties were reported in either accident.