Passengers queue to register at an airline counter as Typhoon Usagi approaches at Hong Kong airport on Sept. 22, 2013. (AFP/Getty Images)
Typhoon Usagi slammed into southern China on Sunday evening.
Nanfang Daily reported that the typhoon made a landfall at 7:40 p.m. yesterday in Shanwei city, in Guangdong province after veered away from Hong Kong at the last minute.
Australia Network News reported that at least twenty-five people were killed on the China’s southern coast, including thirteen in Shanwei which is in the eastern fringes of Guangdong province.
The typhoon brings very strong wind, storm surge and heavy rains that could cause flooding and landslides.
Xinhua reported that in Shanwei city, the strong winds blew cars off the road near a gas station and houses were toppled.
Flights to and from Hong Kong and three mainland airports were canceled.
Ferry services around the area were also canceled, while Fujian province suspended shipping between mainland China and Taiwan.
Xinhua reported that intercity trains including the high-speed rail to Beijing, Shenzhen and Hong Kong would remain suspended until Tuesday.
Thousands of people were evacuated from coastal areas and temporary shelters were opened.
Hong Kong delayed the opening of markets, banks and schools.
Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing Ltd. said it scrapped morning trading today.
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