Flights canceled, train services suspended as Typhoon Talim approaches

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Flights canceled, train services suspended as Typhoon Talim approaches

In Shenzhen, Guangdong, Chen Bowen in Haikou and Zheng Caixiong in Guangzhou, Wang Xu.

By Wang Xu in Shenzhen, Guangdong, Chen Bowen in Haikou and Zheng Caixiong in Guangzhou,

Chen Bowen in Haikou and Zheng Caixiong in Guangzhou by Wang Xu in Shenzhen, Guangdong.

A bridge closed in Zhanjiang, South China's Guangdong province, July 17, 2023 due to the upcoming Typhoon Talim. Flights were canceled, vessels were called back to ports, high-speed train services were suspended, and people in South China were told they should stay home on Monday ahead of Typhoon Talim's landfall.

Strong wind and rain was expected from 2 PM Monday to 2 PM Tuesday in parts of Guangdong, Guangxi and Hainan provinces, the National Meteorological Center said.

The center resumed its orange warning for Talim on Monday, and the China Meteorological Administration raised its emergency response for typhoons to Level III.

Talim made landfall in the coastal areas of the city of Zhanjiang in Guangdong province on Monday night, the meteorological center said.

At 3:30am Sunday, the marine department of the Hong Kong-Zhuhai - Macao Bridge temporarily closed the sea channels operated under the bridge to avoid any accidents.

Hong Kong's markets were prompted to close on Monday as the city's observatory hoisted a storm signal.

The city of Zhanjiang is expected to be hardest hit by the typhoon.

The fishing boats have been forced to return to shelters, and major bridges and scenic spots have been temporarily closed.

The city's water conservancy departments are also required to be on duty 24 hours a day to handle any emergencies affecting the city's water resources.

Railway Guangzhou Group suspended ferry and cruise services along the Pearl River on Monday, and Chinese Railway Guangzhou Group decided to discontinue passenger train operations between the cities of Jiangmen, Zhanjiang, Maoming and Haikou from Monday to Tuesday.

In Haikou, the capital of Hainan province, authorities ordered all nurseries and training institutions to shut down classes. On Monday, Meilan International Airport in Haikou canceled all outbound flights, with all three airports shutting down.

Hainan's circular high-speed railway and Haikou suburb trains were suspended, and Haikou parks, scenic spots, malls and markets were also closed.

Wu Qiancheng, the director of the cargo ship control center of the Hainan Maritime Safety Administration, said the agency will use information methods to strengthen ship monitorization, release warnings in a timely manner and prepare for emergencies.

We have coordinated and deploy five professional rescue boats and two rescue helicopters, which can respond to maritime emergencies at any time, he said.

As the center of the storm moved away from the city, residents in Shenzhen, Guangdong province experienced howling winds and periods of intense rainfall, but the city's emergency management bureau chose not to shut down as the storm's center was moving away from the city.

We have prepared for work and school closures, but as the center of the storm moves away from Shenzhen, we have made a scientific judgment and decided not to issue such instructions, said Wang Changxiao, director of the disaster prevention department of Shenzhen Emergency Management Bureau.