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Typhoon Vicente threatens southern provinces

By Zheng Caixiong and Huang Yiming (China Daily)

08:58, July 24, 2012

Market workers in Chongqing use a makeshift raft to evacuate people after heavy rain lashed the city over the weekend. More rain alerts have been issued for South China. Photo by Chen Cheng / Xinhua

Typhoon Vicente was barreling toward Guangdong and Hainan provinces and part of the Guangxi Zhuang autonomous region on Monday night and early Tuesday morning, according to meteorological authorities.

Because of the typhoon, ferry service across Qiongzhou Strait has been suspended since 6 pm on Sunday, leaving many passengers and vehicles stranded in Haikou, Hainan province, and the Leizhou Peninsula in western Guangdong.

Train service between Beijing and Sanya in Hainan, as well as between Haikou and Shanghai, Changsha, Xi'an and Chengdu, has been rescheduled due to the suspension of rail ferry service between Guangdong and Hainan.

Local authorities said the ferry service will not be restored until Tuesday afternoon, when Vicente weakens.

In Shenzhen, which borders Hong Kong, 16 flights from Shenzhen Baoan International Airport were canceled on Monday because of the bad weather, and 10 ferry services linking the airport to Hong Kong and Macao were canceled.

Authorities have also cancelled six helicopter flights to Macao because of the storm.

In Guangzhou, many passengers were stranded in Baiyun International Airport after nine domestic flights were cancelled and 153 others delayed due to the storm.

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