24 October 2016


Hong Kong was buffeted and soaked by Typhoon Haima Friday, with trees down across the city and hundreds of flights cancelled. Authorities issued a T8 tropical cyclone warning signal early morning local time, meaning most businesses and schools were closed. Bus, ferry and train services were also affected. As of 2 p.m. local time (2 a.m. ET), 742 passenger flights had been cancelled, according to Hong Kong Airport. More than 150 trees were knocked by storm winds of up to 117 kph (73 mph). Officials said 12 people, aged between 22 and 94, sought medical treatment during the typhoon.

Haima has now moved north into China's Guangdong province, making landfall around midday local time. Nine cities have issued the highest red typhoon alert, according to Guandong province's meteorological center. In Shenzhen, all schools, offices and businesses were closed Friday as the city's office of Disaster Prevention urged people to remain indoors.