HONG KONG – Tropical Storm Ma-on made landfall in southern China Thursday morning and brought high winds that whipped through Hong Kong.
The Hong Kong Observatory was warning people to stay away from coastal areas and stay out of the water as large waves created by Tropical Storm Ma-on lashed the shoreline.
According to the U.S. Navy’s Joint Typhoon Warning Center, Tropical Storm Ma-on was located about 230 miles to the west of Hong Kong Thursday night after making landfall in China’s Guangdong province earlier in the day.
Ma-on weakened as it moved inland across southern China. In the storm's final advisory issued by the JTWC, Ma-on had estimated winds of about 45 mph with gusts up to 60 mph.
Ma-on was moving off to the west-northwest at about 20 mph and is expected to continue to weaken rapidly as it spins just north of the Gulf of Tonkin shoreline before crossing far northern Vietnam and then dissipating over far southwestern China, according to the JTWC.
The China Meteorological Administration said moderate to heavy rain will continue to fall across central and southern Guangdong, southern Yunnan, Hainan Island and south-central Guangxi provinces through at least Friday.
At least one person was injured because of Tropical Storm Ma-on, and there have been reports of flooding and downed trees as the tropical cyclone moved through the area.