A little more than a day after the deadly Typhoon Kalmaegi left a mark on the Philippines, Hong Kong and the rest of southern China braces for impacts.
Typhoon Kalmaegi left at least 10 people dead in the Philippines and caused landslides, flash floods and storm surge Sunday. The storm generated heavy winds and large waves which sank a stalled ferry over the weekend, killing eight people.
Hong Kong announced the storm has forced them to delay Tuesday’s trading sessions and close banks, according to Bloomberg.
The government weather bureau reports that Typhoon Kalmaegi was over the South China Sea on Monday and moving towards southern China at 19 miles per hour.
“Kalmaegi’s fast forward speed (almost 20 mph), lack of water remaining in its track, plus moderate wind shear is keeping a lid on what otherwise might be a rapidly developing typhoon,” said weather.com senior meteorologist Jonathan Erdman.
The storm is already responsible for a trail of damage in the Philippines over the weekend. Officials say that a baby was pinned to death when a tree fell on a house in the Philippines’ Cagayan province late Sunday, and a landslide killed a construction worker in Nueva Vizcaya province.
Before hitting land, the typhoon whipped up big waves that sank a stalled ferry off Southern Leyte province in the central Philippines late Saturday.
Rescuers plucked 110 survivors from the rough waters and recovered eight bodies after the ferry sank. At least one person remains missing, said government spokeswoman Annette Villaces of Surigao city, where the survivors and bodies were taken.
Schools in five regions, including metropolitan Manila, were suspended Monday and dozens of flights were canceled. Hundreds of ship passengers were stranded in ports.
Some 7,800 residents were moved to evacuation centers at the height of the typhoon, but many returned home after the weather cleared.
Typhoon Kalmaegi, the Korean word for seagull, slammed into the boundary of northeastern Cagayan and Isabela provinces and scythed across Luzon island without causing major damage, officials said. Several provinces, however, lost power.
Alexander Pama, who heads the government’s disaster mitigation agency, said constant warnings and pre-emptive steps by officials prevented a large number of casualties.
Residents in at least nine northern provinces, which have been drenched by days of rains, were earlier warned to take precautions and stay away from already soggy mountainsides and swollen rivers.
Kalmaegi was the 12th weather disturbance to batter the Philippines this year. The calamity-prone archipelago is lashed by about 20 storms each year.
SOURCE: The Associated Press