Guang­dong bat­tered as typhoon makes land­fall

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - NATION - By LI WENFANG in Guangzhou WANG QIAN in Bei­jing

Typhoon Utor, one of the strong­est to hit Guang­dong for 60 years, made land­fall in Xi­tou, a town in the south­west of the prov­ince on Wed­nes­day af­ter­noon, whip­ping up gales, tor­ren­tial rain and huge waves.

Utor had wind speeds at its cen­ter of up to 42 me­ters a sec­ond, or 151.2 km per hour, as it made land­fall, the Guang­dong Provin­cial Me­te­o­ro­log­i­cal Ob­ser­va­tory said.

A Hong Kong- reg­is­tered cargo ship sank near the Wan­shan Is­lands in the Pearl River es­tu­ary on Wed­nes­day morn­ing amid force 10 winds and force 12 gusts.

All 21 crew mem­bers were res­cued by three air­craft from the Hong Kong Govern­ment Fly­ing Ser­vice and a ves­sel from the Nan­hai Res­cue Bureau of the Min­istry of Trans­port, ac­cord­ing to the Guang­dong Mar­itime Search and Res­cue Cen­ter, which co­or­di­nated the op­er­a­tion.

By 3 pm on Wed­nes­day, 10 flights due to leave Guangzhou Baiyun In­ter­na­tional Air­port had been de­layed, with all flights to and from Zhan­jiang can­celled.

By 2 pm, 240 stranded fish­er­men had been res­cued by bor­der guards and fish­ery ad­min­is­tra­tion work­ers at Da­long Bay in Zhan­jiang, but some fish­er­man were still at sea, Zhan­jiang Daily re­ported.

From 8 am to 7 pm, heavy rain was re­ported in the Maom­ing, Yangjiang and Jiang­men ar­eas, but as of 8 pm no ma­jor nat­u­ral dis­as­ters or ca­su­al­ties had been re­ported.

In Yangjiang, Guang­dong,

TYPHOON UTOR'S EX­PECTED PATH FROM 5 PM WED­NES­DAY TO 5 PM FRI­DAY

all govern­ment agen­cies, en­ter­prises and schools were given a half-day off for safety rea­sons.

A motorcyclist hit by a tree blown down in heavy winds in Yangjiang at noon fell from his ma­chine and fainted. He later re­cov­ered with the help of store work­ers, Yangjiang Daily re­ported.

Some roads in Shapa, a town in Yangjiang, were blocked by fallen trees, while some roads were flooded.

“The wind speed is ex­pected to reach 45 me­ters a sec­ond, which will bring gales and rain­storms to Guang­dong and Guangxi un­til Satur­day,” said Gao Shuanzhu, typhoon fore­caster at the National Me­te­o­ro­log­i­cal Cen­ter.

He said the typhoon may trig­ger land­slides and floods, and lo­cal au­thor­i­ties should be on high alert.

The National Me­te­o­ro­log­i­cal Cen­ter and the National Marine En­vi­ron­men­tal Fore­cast­ing Cen­ter is­sued a red alert for the typhoon, warn­ing that waves of up to 11 me­ters may be trig­gered in the South China Sea. Con­tact the writ­ers at li­wen­fang@chi­nadaily.com.cn and wangqian@chi­nadaily.com.cn

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