Typhoon Haima closes Hong Kong and Shenzhen offices

MIQ Logistics offices in Hong Kong & Shenzhen have closed as Typhoon Haima hits China.

Authorities in Hong Kong have shut all but essential services, as the Hong Kong Observatory raised its typhoon rating to eight.

When a typhoon eight signal is in place, businesses, government offices and schools stay closed, including banks, port operations and the Hong Kong stock exchange.

Haima struck Hong Kong as it was recovering from a day of torrential rain on Wednesday that caused several minor landslides and localised flooding.Typhoon Haima

More than 60,000 people have already been affected by the typhoon as it brought havoc to the Philippines this week, killing up to thirteen. At its peak Haima reached winds of 195mph.

In Shenzhen, all schools, offices and businesses were closed Friday as the city’s office of Disaster Prevention urged people to remain indoors.

It is the 22nd typhoon to hit China so far this year.

Haima has since weakened below typhoon status and will further weaken to a tropical rainstorm by Saturday afternoon.

As Haima weakens, the risk of damaging winds will lessen. Flooding rain and mudslides will remain a danger as Haima’s heavy rain shifts from eastern Guangdong to southern Jiangsu, northern Zhejiang and Shanghi into Saturday night.

Eastern Guangdong will face 125-250 mm (5-10 inches) of torrential rainfall with local amounts over 300 mm (12 inches). Rainfall on the order of 75-150 mm (3-6 inches) is expected elsewhere along Haima’s path in eastern China.