HONG KONG, Aug. 2 (UPI) — Typhoon Nida struck Hong Kong as it moved through southern China early Tuesday, causing some damage as the storm weakened upon landfall.
The Hong Kong Observatory Tuesday morning said Nida “weakened into a severe tropical storm and is moving gradually to the inland areas of Guangdong,” a province under a red alert — the highest weather warning.
China’s State Oceanic Administration also issued a red alert in Guangdong, warning of storm tides, ocean waves reaching about 35 feet and 90 mph winds. The southern cities of Guangzhou, Zhuhai and Shanwei are under red alert, with public transport and services halting.
The China Meteorological Administration said Typhoon Nida was expected to move northwest of Hong Kong at a speed of about 15 mph. Officials warn of flooding in low-lying areas. Minor damage was reported in Hong Kong, which was largely shut down in anticipation of the storm.
More than 180 flights arriving or departing from the Hong Kong International Airport were canceled and hundreds of trains were suspended across southern China.
Before reaching China, Nida hit the Philippines with about 11 inches of rain in the country’s northern regions, triggering flash flood and landslide warnings.