Typhoon Saola made landfall in the Guangdong province of Southern China on Saturday.
Chinese authorities said the storm packed a wind speed of around 160 kilometers per hour (99 mph) as it hit the Zhuhai city of the province.
Nearly 900,000 people were moved to safety while
In preparation for the storm,
Life suspended in southern China
Over 80,000 fishing vessels returned to port in China. Rail authorities halted all trains entering or leaving Guangdong province until Saturday evening, the state media agency.
Meanwhile, hundreds of people were stranded at the airport after over 460 flights were canceled in key regional areas.
The start of the school year in several cities was pushed to next week while workers and laborers stayed home. Trading on Hong Kong’s stock market was suspended on Friday.
A trail of destruction
Hong Kong also imposed its highest hurricane storm signal of 10 on Friday but lowered it to 8 on Saturday. Heavy rainfall persisted in parts of Hong Kong.
Trees fell and billboard signs had been blown off by the winds. Officials said that over 500 people had sought shelter and close to 50 people had been admitted to the hospital due to injuries from the storm.
On Saturday, the weather authorities in the gambling hub of Macau also warned of flooding in low-lying areas. The cross-border bridge connecting Hong Kong, Macau and China’s Zhuhai city was closed. Before hitting China, and left a trail of destruction on its way.
China has been experiencing some of its deadliest rains and flooding in recent years.
ns/sms (AFP, Reuters)