Update (August 23, 2017, 5.06pm CST): Some metro lines in Shenzhen and Guangzhou are now closed due to the hazardous weather conditions. See below for the complete list.
A yellow typhoon warning is currently in effect for both Guangzhou and Shenzhen ahead of tropical storm ‘Hato,’ which is expected to hit Guangdong province around noon on Wednesday, August 23. Heavy rain, wind and thunderstorms will likely continue throughout the day.
If you were planning to travel by train today, you may need to make alternate plans, as most trains have been suspended in anticipation of the storm. The Guangzhou-Kowloon and Guangzhou-Shenzhen high-speed rail routes, for example, will cease operations from 5am to 4pm on Wednesday. See below for the complete list:
Trains suspended from 5am-4pm on August 23:
- Guangzhou-Shenzhen High-Speed Railway
- MTR Intercity Through Train (Guangzhou-Kowloon)
- Guangzhou-Shenzhen Regular Railway
- Guangdong section of the Beijing-Kowloon Railway
- Guangdong section of the Xiamen-Shenzhen Railway
Trains suspended from noon-10pm on August 23:
- Guangzhou-Maoming Railway
Trains suspended all day on August 23:
- Nanning-Guangzhou High-Speed Railway
- Guangzhou-Zhuhai Intercity Railway
- Dongguan-Huizhou Intercity Railway
- Guangzhou-Foshan-Zhaoqing Intercity Railway
The following metro sections have been closed:
- Shenzhen's Line 1: Hourui to Airport East
- Shenzhen's Line 3: Shuibei to Shuanglong
- Shenzhen's Line 4: Minyue to Qinghu with 'limited' service between Futian Checkpoint and Shangmei Lin
- Shenzhen's Line 5: Shenzhen North to Tanglang
- Shenzhen's Line 11: Airport Station to Bitou
- Guangzhou's Line 4: Jinzhou to Shiqi
Numerous international schools have also announced they will close on Wednesday, including (in Guangzhou) the American International School of Guangzhou, British International School of Guangzhou and Utahloy International School of Guangzhou and (in Shenzhen) the Shenzhen American International School and Shekou International School.
Typhoon Hato has already caused hundreds of flights to be canceled in Hong Kong, according to the South China Morning Post.
At least our handy weather app still has a positive attitude:
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