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Typhoon Kai-Tak Lashes Southern China After 18,000 Are Evacuated

Aug. 17 (Bloomberg) -- Typhoon Kai-tak knocked down trees and flattened crops when it made landfall today in southern China’s Guangdong province, where authorities had evacuated more than 18,000 people ahead of the storm.

The typhoon hit the city of Zhanjiang at 12:30 p.m. local time with winds as fast as 137 kilometers (85 miles) per hour, the China Meteorological Administration said. Kai-tak was forecast to dump 250 millimeters (9.8 inches) to 300 millimeters of rain on parts of Guangdong, Guangxi and Hainan provinces, the weather agency said. No deaths or injuries have yet to be reported.

Guangdong had as of 8:00 p.m. yesterday evacuated 18,972 people and called 51,286 fishing boats back to port, the official Xinhua News Agency reported. Authorities also stopped some train services in Guangdong and the island province of Hainan, according to Xinhua.

Hong Kong late yesterday issued a No. 8 gale signal, the city’s third highest, for Typhoon Kai-tak. That was downgraded this morning to a No. 3 signal and lowered later to a No. 1 Standby Signal, the Hong Kong Observatory said on its website.

To contact Bloomberg News staff for this story: Raymond Liu in Beijing at rliu118@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: John Liu at jliu42@bloomberg.net

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