All typhoon warning signals were cancelled early Thursday morning as severe typhoon Meranti moved and weakened further inland, leaving the city sunny and dry on the day of the Mid-Autumn Festival.
While leaving Hong Kong unscathed, Meranti slammed into southeastern China, as Xiamen saw scenes of flooded streets, fallen trees and crushed cars, with rescuers having to evacuate people using boats.
Large sections of the city had power supplies cut off, while parts of Xiamen suffered water supply disruptions and some windows on tall buildings shattered, state news agency Xinhua said.
It added that Meranti was the strongest typhoon to hit that part of the country since the founding of Communist China in 1949, and the strongest so far this year anywhere in the world.
Dozens of flights and train services have been cancelled, state television added, disrupting travel at the start of the three-day Mid-Autumn Festival holiday.
Tens of thousands of people had already been evacuated as the storm approached, and fishing boats were called back to port.
One person died and 38 were injured in Taiwan, the Central Emergency Operation Centre said, as the typhoon hit the southern part of the island on Wednesday.
Meanwhile, Hongkongers woke up to fine, sunny weather, raising prospects of unobstructed moon-gazing during the festival.
Hong Kong Observatory scientific officer Yeung Hon-yin said the weather over the southern coast of Guangdong on Thursday would remain fine and dry and continue over the following two to three days.
The weather is so dry that the yellow fire danger warning is in effect, which means the risk of fire is high. The maximum temperature is expected to soar to 32 degrees Celsius.
“Although we expect some showers later [on Thursday], the weather come evening won’t be too bad. Chances are we’ll get to see a little bit more of the moon,” Yeung said.
A relatively dry continental airstream is affecting the Guangdong coast bringing fine weather, but cloud bands from the typhoon continue to cover the east of the province.