Powerful typhoon Hato kills at least three in Macau
HONG KONG: A powerful typhoon killed at least three people on Wednesday in Macao, according to local officials at the Chinese game enclave.
Three men, aged 30, 45 and 62, were killed in falls and accidents related to heavy rains and winds from Typhoon Hato ravines, and two others have been identified as missing, the Macau Government Information Office said.
The typhoon is located less than 60 kilometers (37 miles) from the financial center of neighboring Hong Kong before heading west to mainland China, where it gradually weakens.
The China Meteorological Service said the storm landed at noon at noon in the city of Zhuhai in the Pearl River city in neighboring Guangdong province.
Thousands of people were evacuated from parts of the mainland coast before the storm struck, the official Xinhua news agency said.
Train services were canceled, fishing boats returned to the port and more than 4,000 fishermen and their families landed, Xinhua said. Waves were expected up to 10 meters (33 feet) high in the South China Sea, the agency said
Hato has wiped out power in Macau, even in its famous casinos and a hospital, where emergency generators have kicked.
Floods and injuries were recorded in Hong Kong, which is located across the water 40 miles (40 kilometers) from Macau, but there were no deaths.
In Hong Kong, Hato forced closure of businesses, government offices, schools and the stock market, leaving the city streets normally lively and quiet. Airlines canceled 450 flights and ferry operators stopped services and suburban routes to Macau and Delta cities.
Hato’s ferocious faces ripped out trees, took out trash cans, and blew up windows in skyscrapers, raining broken glass down the streets below.
Meteorological authorities in Hong Kong have reported the hurricane signal 10, the highest level, for the first time in five years.
At noon, Hato has sustained sustained maximum winds of 126 kilometers (78 miles) per hour, with gusts up to 207 km / h (129 mph) on some outlying islands.
Signal 10 has been hoisted only 14 times since 1946, one of 72 storms, according to the Hong Kong Observatory. The last time was for Typhoon Vincent in 2012.
The observatory warned residents to prepare for damaging winds, possible floods and landslides and people advised staying away from low lying areas because storm surges could cause severe flooding. The streets and alleys of the village in the areas near the sea were submerged by the waves breaking to the ground, according to local news.