Image: Clouds over Hong Kong
Vincent Yu  /  AP
Dark clouds are seen over Hong Kong's Victoria Harbor on Tuesday as Typhoon Hagupit neared.
updated 9/23/2008 1:41:56 PM ET 2008-09-23T17:41:56

Typhoon Hagupit headed toward the southern Chinese coast early Wednesday, after toppling trees and scaffolding and flooding some areas as it passed Hong Kong and neighboring gambling enclave Macau.

No casualties were immediately reported.

Hagupit brought strong winds and rainfall to the two territories, halting air, sea and ground transportation and closing local schools. Both Hong Kong and Macau suffered flooding, with Hong Kong reporting several light injuries.

As of early Wednesday, Hagupit was centered 120 miles southwest of Hong Kong and forecast to move west toward China's southern Guangdong province, the Hong Kong Observatory said on its official Web site.

The Guangdong observatory forecast Hagupit will land in the province by noon Wednesday, the official Xinhua News Agency reported.

In Guangdong, thousands have evacuated and at least some 51,000 ships have returned to harbor, Xinhua reported. Officials are also inspecting reservoirs and dams.

Earlier, Hagupit brought heavy rain in Taiwan and the Philippines, where 13 miners were trapped in a flooded gold mine shaft.

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