Typhoon Saola hit Guangdong Province in southern China on Saturday 2 September 2023, after previously hitting Shenzhen, Hong Kong and Macau. This typhoon caused one person to die, a lot of damage, and flooding in many places. As Asia’s financial hub, Hong Kong and Guangdong, China’s most populous provinces, canceled hundreds of flights on Friday.
Typhoon Saola hit Guangdong Province in southern China on Saturday 2 September 2023, after previously hitting Shenzhen, Hong Kong and Macau. This typhoon caused one person to die, a lot of damage, and flooding in many places. As Asia’s financial hub, Hong Kong and Guangdong, China’s most populous provinces, canceled hundreds of flights on Friday. Authorities also closed businesses, schools and financial markets as Saola approached.
Saola, as a super typhoon, carries strong winds of more than 200 kilometers per hour and since 1949 has been one of the most dangerous typhoons for the southern province. Chinese authorities said that Saola became severe when it arrived in the city of Zhuhai, carrying wind speeds that slowed to about 160 kilometers per hour. Trains in Guangdong were allowed to resume operations in stages from 8:30 a.m. local time, according to the train operator.
Although weakened, Saola continued to ravage the area, according to Chinese authorities. The typhoon then moved towards the east coast of Taiwan.
More than 300 people were strand at Hong Kong’s airport after 460 flights were cancel, the city’s Airport Authority said.
State-owned airline Cathay Pacific said flights would resume on Saturday afternoon, after being suspend since Friday afternoon. Hong Kong set a high typhoon signal of 10 on Friday evening, and lowered it to level 8 on Saturday morning. Observers in the city said the typhoon would continue until 16.00 local time, accompanied by heavy rain and the threat of flooding in the area.
Trees fell on many roads, especially on remote, more exposed islands. In the busy Causeway Bay district, many signs of buildings have fallen.
A large window was blown away from an office building in the Tseung Kwan O District, TVB television footage shows.
Photos uploaded on Facebook show the water level at Repulse Bay beach rising several meters from its normal level, submerging part of the landmark Tin Hau temple.
More than 500 people took shelter in government shelters while more than 50 people were hospital due to the typhoon, the government said.
In Macau, the world’s biggest gambling hub, casinos were allow to reopen from 8 a.m. local time on Saturday, the government said. The gambling establishments were previously close from Friday evening.
One person died in Shenzhen after a tree fell on their vehicle, local media reported.
Haiku, a typhoon that is not as strong as Saola, is predicte to hit the southeastern coast of Taiwan on the afternoon of Sunday 3 September 2023 and bring heavy rain to the island next week.
Taiwan’s two main airlines canceled all flights for Sunday and the government warned people to avoid beaches and mountainous areas