The Hong Kong and Macao special administrative regions issued the highest-level typhoon warning, No. 10, yesterday morning as Typhoon Mangkhut hit Pearl River Delta cities.
All buses, trams, and ferries have suspended services, and limited services are being maintained on the underground sections of the railway.
Flights were canceled and 48 temporary shelters were opened in Hong Kong.
At 10 a.m., Mangkhut was centered about 150 kilometers south-southeast of Hong Kong and is forecast to move west-northwest at about 30 kilometers per hour toward Guangdong.
Since 1946, the Hong Kong Observatory has issued the highest-level warning 16 times.
Macao upgraded its typhoon signal to No. 10 at 11 a.m. yesterday. All land, marine and air transport there was canceled. As of 10:30 a.m. local time, there were 938 people staying in Macao’s 16 emergency shelters, where food and drinkable water were provided. Some 26 incidents of falling trees or billboards had been reported so far, according to Macao’s Civil Emergency Response Center.