Hong Kong shuts down as Typhoon Haima lashes city

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Typhoon Haima passes across Hong Kong

T8 storm signal issued, as storm heads north into China

Hong Kong CNN —  

Hong Kong was buffeted and soaked by Typhoon Haima Friday, with trees down across the city and hundreds of flights canceled.

Authorities issued a T8 tropical cyclone warning signal early morning local time, meaning most businesses and schools were closed. Bus, ferry and train services were also affected.

As of 2 p.m. local time (2 a.m. ET), 742 passenger flights had been canceled, according to Hong Kong Airport.

More than 150 trees were knocked by storm winds of up to 117 kph (73 mph). Officials said 12 people, aged between 22 and 94, sought medical treatment during the typhoon.

Haima has now moved north into China’s Guangdong province, making landfall around midday local time.

Storm heads to China

Nine cities have issued the highest red typhoon alert, according to Guandong province’s meteorological center.

In Shenzhen, all schools, offices and businesses were closed Friday as the city’s office of Disaster Prevention urged people to remain indoors.

It is the 22nd typhoon to hit China so far this year.

Philippines recovering

Super Typhoon Haima lashed the northern Philippines earlier this week, causing heavy damage to agriculture and infrastructure.

Tens of thousands of people were evacuated as the country was hit by its second major typhoon in under a week.

Winds of 220 kilometers per hour (137 mph) prior to arrival put it on par with a Category 4 hurricane, Philippines authorities said.

As many as 2.7 million people in seven provinces were affected by the storm before it carried on north towards China.

CNN’s Taylor Ward, Zahra Ullah, Derek Van Dam and Serenitie Wang contributed to this report.