WATCH: Typhoon Floods Roads, Subway Station in Shenzhen

By Bailey Hu, June 13, 2017

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Last night typhoon Merbok touched down on the South China shore. This morning, commuters across Shenzhen stepped out of the door to scenes like this, near Gangxia North metro station:

From WeChat user Catherine 孔木兰

Or this.

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From WeChat user Sophia Lin

Also, this:

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Drivers in the city were just as unlucky as pedestrians, judging by photos floating around WeChat.

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And as for bikes...

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But the worst off may have been those who passed through Chegongmiao Station, in Futian District, this morning.

Those brave enough to venture down the escalator were greeted by a welcome sign, out of which gushed more water.


Watch the flood in action below (VPN off):

And for those with their VPNs on:

Lining up to enter the station was even more of a pain than usual.

From WeChat user 薇笑

From WeChat user のAmy 闻香

As was taking the stairs.

Watch the waterfall action below (VPN off):

The VPN-friendly version:

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From WeChat user のAmy 闻香

According to Southern Metropolis Daily, by 9am cleanup efforts had made the Chegongmiao station mostly dry again, and trains resumed their normal schedule. Shenzhen Metro employees suspect the flooding was due to nearby construction.

If you chose to call in sick this morning, we don't blame you. Most of Shenzhen was on orange rainstorm alert status from 7.15am into the early afternoon today, according to the city's Meteorological Bureau. Residents of Futian, Luohu, Nanshan, Yantian, Longgang Districts, as well as Dapeng, were warned to take precautions and avoid flood-prone areas.

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As of 3pm, the rainstorm alert had ended. Some alerts may still be active, however; visit the Meteorological Bureau website to stay updated on current weather warnings.

Stay dry, Shenzheners!

UPDATE (June 13, 2017 at 7.25pm): This article has been updated to reflect changes in Shenzhen's weather alert status since early afternoon, when it was first published.

[Images via Shekou Daily, WeChat]

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