9 killed, 153 injured after typhoon hits southern China

Cornelia Mascio
Agosto 24, 2017

Typhoon Hato has claimed the lives of at least 10 people since hitting Macau and southern China on Wednesday.

The Macao International Airport also announced that among the airlines taking off from Macao, 26 have been cancelled and three were delayed.

This morning Hato barrelled into Macau, wiping out power and water supplies in large pockets of the world's biggest gambling hub.

More than 120 were injured as the city was lashed with hurricane winds and pounding rain.

Local media showed severe flooding had left cars underwater and people swimming in Macau's city streets, with the territory's mega-casinos running on back-up generators.

China's official Xinhua News Agency said four more people were killed in the neighboring province of Guangdong and one person remains missing.

"Because many guests come in the summer, a lot of them have been stuck in the major resorts and casinos", the employee said.

"We are saddened by reports of the destructive effects of Typhoon Hato on Hong Kong and Macau", Cayetano said in a statement released by the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA).

Fasten your seatbelt: Jim Edds Twitter post of Typhoon Hato from Flight Radar.

Hato had been downgraded to a tropical storm on Thursday and was about 680 km (422 miles) west of Hong Kong and expected to weaken further as it moves inland over China.

A POWERFUL typhoon blasted into Hong Kong, forcing offices and schools to close and leaving flooded streets, shattered windows and more than 450 cancelled flights in its wake.

"I've never seen one like this.it's insane", said Garrett Quigley, a longtime resident of Lantau Island - the largest of Hong Kong's islands.

Swathes of marine rubbish washed up on beaches and in coastal residential areas, including white globs of palm oil which have been coming ashore since a massive spillage at sea earlier this month.

By midday, Hato was packing maximum winds of 126km/h, with gusts of up to 207km/h on some outlying islands. Streets were cut off by the trees.

The company's hong kong-based Cathay Pacific announced the cancellation of most of its flights scheduled to take-off before 17: 00.

Hong Kong is regularly besieged by typhoons between July and October, but direct hits are rare.

The worst storm to hit the former British colony was Typhoon Wanda in 1962, which killed 130 people and left 72,000 homeless, with gusts of up to 176mph (284kph) recorded.

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