Deadly typhoon brings flooding rains to China
Thursday, August 15, 2013, 7:32 -
After shutting down business in the financial centre of Hong Kong and sinking a cargo ship, Typhoon Utor brought high winds and torrential rain to Guangdong province in southern China on Wednesday.
Utor, the 11th typhoon hitting China this year, made landfall in Yangxi County in western Guangdong Wednesday afternoon.
At least one person is dead and five others missing as the storm churned through the region before weakening to a tropical storm on Thursday, authorities said.
The typhoon forced the closure of schools, offices, shopping centres and construction sites in cities along its path with downed trees and billboards reported.
All of the fishing boats of Guangdong were ordered to return to anchor Tuesday before Utor approached and thousands of travellers were left stranded by the suspension of flights and ferry services.
By Thursday morning, the storm had weakened considerably as it headed northwest through Guangxi province.
Utor was the world's strongest typhoon of the year before it crossed the Philippines earlier this week, leaving at least eight people dead.
With files from The Associated Press