Severe Typhoon Hato hits Hong Kong, Macao, and Guangdong

Updated 2017-08-24 15:03:11 CGTN

A total of 12 people have been killed, eight of whom in Macao and the remaining four in the southern province of Guangdong, after Typhoon Hato made landfall in south China.

At least 153 people were injured after Typhoon Hato landed in Macao, while 34 others were wounded in Hong Kong.

Electricity is gradually being restored after a power blackout, and ferries and flights that were canceled between Hong Kong and Macao are also resuming.

A yellow storm alert has been issued in several provinces on the Chinese mainland including Guangdong, Yunnan, Hainan, Sichuan, Guizhou, and Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, to where the typhoon is now headed.

Wednesday, Aug. 23, 10:15 p.m. BJT- The death toll in Macao has risen to five and at least 153 people were injured, local authorities said in a press conference.

The Special Administrative Region's government has also received 236 reports of accidents.

During the press conference, the president of the electricity company said that they are struggling to restore power supply. The Macau Meteorological and Geophysical Bureau also apologized for the information mess.

All typhoon signals in the city were lowered at 9:30 p.m. local time.

3:15 p.m. BJT- Three people have been killed and two others are missing in Macao after Typhoon Hato hit the city, local authorities said.

The tropical storm has also caused a citywide power outage since around noon on Wednesday.

Residents and tourists are worried that the water supply may also be cut in the next few hours.

All guests and tourists in the resort city have been advised to stay in their hotels.

2:20 p.m. BJT - At least 34 people were injured in Hong Kong after Typhoon Hato struck the city.

The Special Administration Region's government has also received a report of a landslide, four cases of water-logging and 182 reports of falling trees.

The Weather Observatory downgraded the strom warning from 10 to 8 at 2:10 p.m.

2:00 p.m. BJT - The Gongbei Port of Entry and the Frontier Post of the Border Gate were closed except in emergency cases due to the extreme weather, Macao's police bureau announced.

1:00 p.m. BJT - Typhoon Hato made landfall in Zhuhai, in south China's Guangdong Province with a maximum speed of around 45 meters per second at its eye.

12:40 p.m. BJT - Typhoon Hato is edging closest to the special administrative region, skirting around 60 kilometers to the south of Hong Kong, according to the Weather Observatory.

The winds with mean speeds of 118 kilometers per hour or more are expected and authorities warned of destructive winds, possible flooding, and landslip.

Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing Limited (HKEX) announced that the trading sessions in the securities and derivatives markets, including After-Hours Futures Trading, have been canceled.

No securities clearing and settlement services will be provided for the day and there will be no Stock Connect trading, according to a statement by HKEX.

Macao also issued its first Signal No. 10 since 1999.

Over 90 flights scheduled to depart from and arrive in Macao were canceled.

11:39 a.m. BJT - Hong Kong on Wednesday issued No. 10 typhoon signal, the highest in its storm warning system, as the city braced for the arrival of Typhoon Hato.

The warning was issued by the Weather Observatory at 9:10 a.m. HKT. It warned that the severe Typhoon would be closest to the south of Hong Kong in the coming few hours as the winds strengthen significantly.

The typhoon is set to make landfall in Hong Kong on Wednesday afternoon before hitting south China's Guangdong Province.

From 9:45 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. HKT on Wednesday, the maximum sustained winds recorded at Ngong Ping, Waglan Island, and Cheung Chau Beach were 151, 136 and 132 kilometers per hour with maximum gusts 195, 159 and 193 kilometers per hour respectively, said the Weather Observatory.

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