A broken tree branch after Super Typhoon slams into China’s Guangxi | CCTV via REUTERS
Typhoon Mangkhut, the strongest storm in 2018, slammed into south China’s Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region at late Sunday, after making landfall in neighboring Guangdong Province earlier in the day.
Moving at a speed of 33 kilometers per hour, Typhoon Mangkhut moved into Guangxi from Yulin City at around 23:00, packing strong winds and bringing heavy rains.
Powerful winds ripped branches off many trees and knocked over traffic barriers and trash bins in a local street.
The typhoon also cut off power supply in some neighborhoods in the city.
Guangxi initiated an emergency response on Friday, two days before the typhoon landed. As of 23:00 Sunday, more than 250,000 people have been transferred to safe places.
The regional education department has ordered all schools in nine cities to close for Sunday and Monday, and the fire department has dispatched 500 firefighters and 130 fire engines to Yulin and Beihai cities.
The regional power authority has put 14,000 staff members on standby and prepared over 1000 power generating facilities in case of more blackouts.
The local railway has closed some routes, suspended train services to Yulin City. Passenger service vehicles and freight vehicles have also been suspended. Some of the highways have been closed while others will be subject to traffic control starting from 23:00 Sunday night. — Reuters