Typhoon Utor weakens as it churns through southern China
BEIJING (AP) - A typhoon that had shut down business in the financial centre of Hong Kong and sunk a cargo ship weakened into a tropical storm as it churned through southern China on Thursday.
Packing high winds and torrential rain, Typhoon Utor had forced the closure of schools, offices, shopping centres and construction sites in cities along its path northwest across Guangdong province.
Yet only minor damage was reported, a result, state media said, of strict adherence to orders to confine tens of thousands of fishing boats to port and evacuate vulnerable people to shelters.
Thousands of travelers were stranded by the suspension of flights and ferry services, but no deaths or injuries were attributed to the storm.