Typhoon Nida reached Hong Kong on Monday night and is currently heading inland through Guangdong. Many cities, including Shenzhen, Guangzhou and Huizhou, have excused everyone from work or school.
Nida has brought heavy rains and winds to Hong Kong, causing most flights to be canceled and schools closed, reports SCMP. As it left Hong Kong for Guangdong it was downgraded from a typhoon to a severe tropical storm.
In the mainland, Guangdong has announced that the province has entered the highest level of emergency response. In many cities, all workers were excused from work and all classes and flights were cancelled. The images below show the Shenzhen airport.
Additionally, before the typhoon landed, the government suggested that residents “prepare 3 days of food” — leading to empty shelves in supermarkets across the province.
Many netizens said this reminded them of how they hoarded way too much salt in 2011, under the belief that salt can protect one from radiation exposure.
Nida doused the Philippines with rain before coming to China. It will mainly affect Guangdong and Guangxi, but provinces to the west may endure heavy rains too, reports AccuWeather.com.
Though the storm isn’t coming north to Shanghai, it plays a part in ending the spell of sweltering weather we’ve had in east China recently, reports China News.
By Amy Yang
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