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Tropical Storm Nuri kills 3 as it hits south China

Tropical Storm Nuri kills 3 as it hits south China

Tropical Storm Nuri was expected to head west Saturday after battering southern China with strong winds that killed three people, weather forecasters and a state news agency said.
The China Meteorological Administration said Nuri was forecast to move west at a speed of 6-9 miles per hour (10-15 kilometers per hour), with decreasing intensity.
Nuri will bring heavy rainstorms to coastal areas of the southern province of Guangdong and the Guangxi region until Saturday night, the administration said.
In Guangdong, three people inside a truck were killed Friday when the storm toppled a traffic sign onto the vehicle, a local police told the official Xinhua News Agency.
The agency said officials evacuated 87,000 people and recalled more than 45,000 vessels in Guangdong.
Nuri, which was originally classified as a typhoon and killed seven people in the Philippines, had weakened to a tropical storm by the time it reached Hong Kong on Friday. It caused little damage in the Chinese territory.
One man who went swimming off a Hong Kong beach during the storm remained missing, while 19 people were injured, five seriously, the government said in a statement.
Hong Kong airline officials on Saturday began to clear a backlog of nearly 400 canceled and about 100 delayed flights. At least 496 passenger flights were either canceled or delayed and another 15 diverted, the government said in a statement.


Updated : 2021-04-19 00:02 GMT+08:00