The eleventh typhoon to hit China this year struck the country’s south coast on Wednesday bringing high winds and heavy rain and causing havoc to transport systems.
Typhoon Utor blew in with winds reaching up to 151 kilometres per hour. It lashed Guangdong province, uprooting trees and bringing down power lines.
China’s State Oceanic Administration had issued a first-level emergency response late on Tuesday after Hong Kong had been forced to batten down the hatches, closing markets, schools and businesses.
When Utor struck the Philippines earlier in the week it left six people dead and displaced over 30,000 families after causing landslides and floods.