Residents Asked to Take Precautions as Typhoon Usagi Hits Shenzhen
As typhoon Usagi hit Shenzhen late yesterday afternoon prompted the city meteorological observatory to issue a yellow level typhoon alert in the morning and was raised to orange level by 7 pm yesterday forced the ferry and train services to suspend its services and closing schools.
Typhoon the 19th tropical storm to hit the Western Pacific is said to be the strongest this year will make landfall along the coast east of Shenzhen bringing heavy rain to Guangdong Province. Storm tracking websites have also shown that Shenzhen is in the path of the typhoon. Typhoon usage transitioned into a tropical storm in less than a day making it the fastest intensification rates ever recorded in a storm’s history.
The railway group has suspended high speed trains between Hunan and Guangdong, Shenzhen and Guangzhou and from Guangzhou to Zhuhai while suspending regular express trains in Guangdong and trains in the Guangdong Kowloon line were also suspended. Airlines have also canceled numerous flights coming in and leaving out of Shenzhen and Shekou Ferry Terminal Services suspended services in Macao, Shenzhen and Hong Kong.
Wet markets around the city are also closed as of yesterday due to a shortage of seafood and vegetables. An emergency response team was also initiated by traffic police to do road patrols and towing services for vehicles affected by the storm.