Tropical Storm Kai-tak Affected Several Cities in South China
More than 1.26 million people in South China’s Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region were affected by typhoon Kai-tak the 13th storm for this year, after hitting landfall Friday afternoon via Beibu Gulf in Guangzi. Coastal cities of Beihai, Fangchenggang, Qinzhou, and Yulin were also hit by storms and gales.
The storm caused several power outages in Guangxi, Hainan and Guangdong provinces affecting more than 800,000 households, but power was soon returned in some regions over the weekend. Transportation services such as airlines, railways and ships were suspended leaving thousands stranded.
Airlines flying out of Beihai that links to Shanghai, Beijing, Changsha and Kunming were also canceled, which also led to the cancelation of 21 flights at Meilan International airport in Haikou. Tropical storm Kai-tak also triggered waves as high as 4 meters. Strong winds caused several trees and billboards to scatter along roads in the city, which lead to the closure of several shops and restaurants.