Typhoon Hato disrupts South China air and sea

Hong Kong issued its highest storm warning for first time since 2012, with 450 flights canceled and container port operation suspended.

Typhoon Hato has made landfall in China after it lashed Hong Kong with heavy winds and rain, forcing the city to issue the highest storm warning and its stock exchange to cancel trading for the day.fe723072-873f-11e7-8f03-5f0754277a16_1280x720_033547

The Hong Kong Observatory issued the No. 8 signal at 2:10 p.m., after hoisting signal No. 10 for five hours.

Severe Typhoon Hato has made landfall over Zhuhai of southern China and is forecast to move west-northwest into inland Guangdong.

About 450 flights have been canceled at Hong Kong International Airport as of 11 a.m., according to the Airport Authority.

Cathay Pacific said a majority of flights to and from Hong Kong between 6 a.m. and 5 p.m. on Wednesday have been suspended.

Most businesses closed and much of the city’s public transport shut down with the initial hoisting of the No. 8 signal.waves-triggered-hong-typhoon-hato-kong-seen_f2ae98b4-87b4-11e7-817c-4caf18ee223c

As of 11 a.m., a total of 34 people sought medical treatment at public hospitals in Hong Kong. Three died and two are missing from the impact of the Typhoon in Macau.

Many South China container ports and airports have closed, or will be severely disrupted as typhoon Hato hits. Anticipate departure delays for at least the next few days.