Shenzhen Hit Hard with Heavy Winds from T10 Typhoon Vicente (20 Photos)
Typhoon Vicente came down hard Monday night and Tuesday morning hitting parts of Guangzi Zhuang region, Guangdong and Hainan provinces.
Due to the heavy rain and strong winds, ferry services were suspended from Sunday, stranding passengers and vehicles in Hainan province and Leizhou Peninsula. Train services in Beijing, Sanya, as well as Haikou and Shanghai had to be rescheduled because of the suspension of rail ferry services. Ferry services will be restored once the storm weakens.
In Shenzhen, 16 flights going out of Bao’an International Airport were cancelled Monday because of the weather. Ten ferry services from Shenzhen Hong Kong and Macao were also canceled. Private planes and helicopter flights were also canceled. Airport officials said that only 41 percent of the domestic flights were allowed to leave the airport as scheduled.
Shenzhen was issued a yellow typhoon alert yesterday, which is the third highest level in the city’s five level storm alert system, prompting the disaster relief offices to prepare emergency services.
According to the provincial meteorological observatory, typhoon Vicente so far is the strongest typhoon to hit China this year and the highest level storm to hit Hong Kong in 13 years, at level T10 according to the Hong Kong Observatory. In the past two days cities around the Pearl River Delta have been hit by storms, flooding streets with heavy downpours. This prompted officials to urge all cities to take the necessary precautions to avoid casualties and economic losses.
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