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    Hato to blast southeastern China with flooding rain into Thursday

    By Kristina Pydynowski, AccuWeather senior meteorologist
    By Courtney Spamer, AccuWeather meteorologist
    August 24, 2017, 6:55:13 AM EDT

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    Hato will barrel across southeastern China with flooding rains into Thursday.

    The peak strength of Hato was when it was a moderate typhoon, equivalent to a Category 2 hurricane in the eastern Pacific and Atlantic oceans. It was at this strength that Hato made landfall, just southwest of Hong Kong during early Wednesday afternoon, local time.

    Wind gusts reached 144 km/h (89 mph) in Hong Kong around midday Wednesday, local time, even though Hato's center missed the city.

    Even higher gusts were measured around the same time just outside the city of Macau in Taipa, where wind gusts of 156 km/h (97 mph) were reached.

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    Such winds will lead to lengthy power outages and widespread tree damage. Structures, especially poorly constructed ones, may endure significant damage.

    At least 16 people are dead and many others missing after Hato battered Macau and southeastern China. Water pumps in Macau are reportedly severely damaged, and about half the city lost power.


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    The majority of flights to and from Hong Kong were canceled through Wednesday. Other transportation services, including some ferries, were also suspended.

    Trading was also halted at Hong Kong's financial markets.

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    North of Hong Kong, Xinhua reports that officials canceled around 90 high-speed trains between Shenzhen and cities in Fujian and Jiangxi provinces for Wednesday.

    Dangerous seas have prompted more than 4,000 fish farmers and their families to return to the coast of Fujian Province on Monday, according to Xinhua.

    With Hato already making landfall, the interaction with the land will slowly weaken the system, allowing winds to continue to gradually decrease. Going forward, however, flooding rainfall will remain a concern.

    “Rainfall totals in Hong Kong are expected to average 125 mm (5 inches) with as much as 200 mm (8 inches) before drying out early on Thursday,” AccuWeather Meteorologist Tony Zartman said.


    Hato will continue to track westward across western Guangdong, southern Guangxi and Yunnan provinces through Thursday with torrential rain. The downpours will also overspread northern Vietnam. However, the interaction with land will continue to weaken Hato.

    Widespread rainfall totals of 75-150 mm (3-6 inches) will be unleashed with locally higher amounts, threatening to trigger flooding and mudslides.

    Residents and motorists should prepare for possible road closures, damaged bridges, evacuations and flight cancellations. This includes in Guangzhou, Yangjiang, Zhenjiang, Nanning and Wenshan.

    The risk for flooding downpours will shift into northern Myanmar from Friday into Saturday, before the moisture melds in with the monsoon, while another tropical threat may follow in the tracks of Hato.

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