Typhoon Kalmaegi landed in China's southernmost island province Hainan on Tuesday morning, forcing flight cancellations and boat evacuations.It is the fifteenth typhoon to hit China this year.
The hurricane landed in Wengtian Township, Wenchang City at a speed of 40 meters per second at 9:40 a.m, September 16. When the hurricane came, the sea water reached 1.2 meters . In one area, water overflowed into a police station courtyard and swamped several police motorcycles. Refrigerators, motorcycles, washing machines and computers in supermarkets and shops were seen submerged in water.
Both Guangdong and Hainan provincial governments issued the highest Grade I alerts on Monday for Kalmaegi, which will bring heavy rains to the region in the coming two days.
The provincial capital's Haikou Meilan International Airport canceled 104 flights on Tuesday. The Sanya Phoenix International Airport in the resort city of Sanya canceled 69 flights as of 9 a.m. on Tuesday. Macao, Shenzhen, Zhuhai and Nanning airports have also been affected by the tropical storm and airline companies including China Eastern Airlines, Shanghai Airlines, China Southern Airlines, Tianjin Airlines, and Capital Airlines were also affected.
In Lingao County, more than 4,300 fishing boats have been called back to shore and 19,924 people have been evacuated.
Classes were stopped in some districts of Guangzhou city, and in Haikou, capital of Hainan, school won't resume until Thursday.