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Macau issues warning as Typhoon Haikui approaches

Macau issued an alert signal today at 4:00 am due to the approach of Typhoon Haikui, 28 hours after the last alert due to Super Typhoon Saola was lowered.

At 5:00, Typhoon Haikui was about 680 kilometers east of Macau, moving at an average speed of 10 kilometers per hour, according to the Macau Meteorological and Geophysical Services (SMG).

“It is expected that the conditions will allow us to reach the conclusion that Macau will be affected later,” said the SMG.

The tropical storm warning scale is made up of signals 1, 3, 8, 9 and 10, the emission of which depends on the proximity of the storm and the intensity of the wind.

The typhoon has already reached the east coast of the island of Taiwan and, if it maintains its trajectory, the typhoon is expected to enter the South China Sea today, then heading towards the provinces of Fujian or Guangdong, in eastern China.

Haikui, the first typhoon to pass directly over Taiwan in four years, forced authorities to evacuate around three thousand people from high-risk areas in the east of the island and to suspend operations on at least three railway lines.

The Ministry of the Interior reported that more than 2,800 people were evacuated from seven cities in Taiwan, mainly from the mountainous area of Hualien.

Parts of southern Taiwan were under warning of “extremely heavy or torrential” rain, which could reach 700 millimeters in some mountainous areas, according to Spanish agency EFE.

More than 200 domestic flights were canceled and schools and offices were closed in the south and east of the island.

Macau once again issued alert signal 1, just 28 hours after the last alert issued due to the passage of super typhoon Saola was lowered.

As happened in mainland China and the neighboring Chinese special administrative region of Hong Kong, Macau even issued the maximum alert, level 10, due to Saola, registering 250 people in emergency reception centers and five injured.

The Macau Government also decreed the closure of casinos, public services, schools and car parks, with more than 200 flights being canceled at the international airport.

In September 2018, Typhoon Mangkhut caused 40 injuries and serious flooding in the territory.

A year earlier, Hato, considered the worst typhoon to hit the territory in more than 50 years, caused ten deaths and 240 injuries.

*With Lusa

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