Written by Staff Writer
02 Aug, 2016 | 12:01 pm
Typhoon Nida swept through Hong Kong on Tuesday with high winds and torrential rain, shutting down most of the financial hub and disrupting hundreds of flights with gale-force winds, while low-lying areas were put on flood alert.
Large areas of southern China are on emergency alert as a powerful typhoon batters the region.
Hong Kong’s first major typhoon this year brought gusts of more than 100 km per hour (62 mph) and prompted authorities to issue an amber warning.
Guangzhou in Guangdong province issued a red alert, its highest weather warning, and people have been advised to stockpile food and essentials.
More than 180 flights to or from Hong Kong’s airport were canceled, and bus, tram and ferry routes suspended.
Thousands of passengers were stranded at the airport and about 325 flights are expected to be rescheduled.
Nida, which earlier passed over the Philippines, is set to be the strongest typhoon in the region since 1983.
Further, the China Meteorological Administration issued a typhoon red alert the highest level of warning on Monday, its first such alert of the year, with people in affected areas warned to stockpile up to three days worth of food.
Southern China is hit by heavy rains every monsoon season, but this year has been particularly bad.
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