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Published on : Tuesday, August 2, 2016
Typhoon Nida brought violent winds and torrential rain with hundreds of flights cancelled and the stock market, schools and businesses closed, as the storm headed across Southern China.
Gusts of 150 kilometres (93miles) per hour whipped the city and rain lashed down during the night, and authorities warned of floods and landslides.
More than 180 flights to or from Hong Kong’s airport were canceled, and bus, tram and ferry routes suspended.
Streets were deserted Tuesday morning as school was suspended and workers stayed at home, with buses and trains operating only a very limited service.
The Hong Kong Observatory said on Tuesday morning that Nida had “weakened into a severe tropical storm and is moving gradually to the inland areas of Guangdong.” The Observatory issued the year’s first No. 8 warning signal, the third-most severe, on Monday evening.
Hong Kong’s flagship carrier Cathay Pacific and its subsidiary Dragonair cancelled all of their flights in and out of Hong Kong for 16 hours, from 10:00 pm Monday until 2:00 pm Tuesday.
The stock market shut for the morning as the Typhoon 8 storm signal — the third-highest category — remained in place.
Around the city, more than 200 people sought refuge in government shelters as the rain poured down.
Thousands of workers were evacuated from an offshore oil platform and from a series of tunnels and bridges being built to link the territory with two other cities.
Hundreds of people took refuge in government shelters in the city, amid torrential rain and strong winds.
Although Hong Kong officials ended their rainstorm alert at midday on Tuesday, they warned residents there was still a risk of flooding in low-lying areas.
As the storm weakened and moved northwest away from Hong Kong, the Observatory downgraded the warning to a No. 3 strong wind signal early Tuesday afternoon.
China on Red Alert
Lage areas of Southern China is on high alert after Typhoon Nida proceeded towards China. Many cities in the Pearl River Delta region were bracing for impact.
Guangzhou in Guangdong province issued a red alert, its highest weather warning, and people have been advised to stockpile food and essentials.
The southern cities of Zhuhai and Shanwei are also on red alert, with transport, industry and public services largely grinding to a halt.
China’s State Oceanic Administration (SOA) issued a red alert for ocean waves and storm tides, warning that waves of up to 11 meters high could be expected off the coast of Guangdong Province.
Shenzhen airport canceled all flights from midnight Monday through Tuesday morning, while farther north in Guangzhou more than 600 high-speed train runs were suspended, according to state-run news agency Xinhua.
The China Meteorological Administration said in a statement that the typhoon will land in Guangxi province at dusk on Tuesday and it will weaken and be categorized of tropical low pressure at night.
Typhoon Nida, also called Tropical Storm Carina, hit the Philippines on Saturday, pouring up to 11 inches of rain over the northern parts.
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