27,000 flee Typhoon Hato

Typhoon Hato brought widespread destruction to Macau and Hong Kong on Wednesday and continued to lash Guangdong Thursday, leaving 16 people dead, dozens injured and forcing thousands to be evacuated


Typhoon Hato brought widespread destruction to Macau and Hong Kong on Wednesday and continued to lash Guangdong Thursday, leaving 16 people dead, dozens injured and forcing thousands to be evacuated

Eight people were killed in mainland China due to the storm, while another eight also died in Macau, when the storm was at its peak, packing winds of up to 160 kilometers (99 miles) per hour.

Officials said 153 people were injured in Macau, while in Hong Kong more than 120 were hurt.

Chinese media said 27,000 people had been moved into safe areas in China, while two million people are without power.6b0e2e94-87bc-11e7-8f03-5f0754277a16_1280x720_124108

Hato has been downgraded to a tropical storm on Thursday and was about 500 west of Hong Kong and expected to weaken further as it moves inland over China.

Ports are commencing operations, but these may be hampered by excessive wind until Tuesday.

Up to 150 extra flights were expected to come in and out of Hong Kong on Thursday, as the airport battled to get back on track after the disruption brought by Typhoon Hato.

The airport was planning to handle more than 1,200 arrivals and departures throughout Thursday, an increase of 100 flights, though this may rise.