Huge waves crash on the shore of Haikou, capital of southern China’s Hainan Province, on October 13, 2021. (Photo: Xinhua)
Typhoon Kompasu, the 18th typhoon this year, made landfall Wednesday afternoon in southern China’s Hainan Island Province.
The typhoon hit the coast of Boao County in Qionghai City at 3:30 p.m., causing winds to reach 118.8 km / h, according to the Hainan Weather Service.
The typhoon weakens after landing and is expected to pass through southern Hainan before entering the Beibu Gulf early Thursday morning.
Typhoon Kompasu, coupled with a cold front, is expected to bring heavy rains and strong winds to the sea and land areas of Hainan from Wednesday afternoon to Thursday in the day.
In anticipation of the typhoon, authorities in Hainan canceled all flights at major airports in the province and suspended local high-speed loop rail service, as well as ferries crossing the Qiongzhou Strait, which connect Hainan to the Guangdong province.
The island province has adopted an emergency response plan to deal with high winds and flooding, including the suspension of classes, construction and markets, and the closure of tourist attractions.
Guangdong Province has also taken precautions to protect the lives and property of residents.
Schools, kindergartens, construction sites and tourist attractions in Guangzhou, Shenzhen and Foshan were temporarily closed on Wednesday.
Temporary traffic control is in place along the fairway of the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge, and ships are prohibited from crossing the bridge.