Typhoon Son-Tinh, the 23rd tropical storm this year, has disrupted 122 flights and brought downpours to south China's island province of Hainan.

Eighty-eight inbound and outbound flights were canceled and 34 others delayed, affecting 4,558 passengers, said a source with the Phoenix International Airport of Sanya, in southern Hainan.

Almost 2,000 passengers were put up in hotels, said the source. Airport staff also sent some passengers by bus to the airport at Haikou, the provincial capital in the north, to take other flights.

Rainstorms and strong gales hit Sanya on Saturday. Son-Tinh was spotted out at sea 130 kilometers southwest of Sanya at 5pm on Saturday, with maximum sustained winds of 144 km per hour, according to the National Meteorological Center. It was moving northwest at 15 to 20 kph and gaining momentum.

At least 24 people were killed and nine others missing after Son-Tinh hit the Philippines on Wednesday as a tropical storm, the country's national disaster authorities said yesterday. It left the Philippines late Friday, gaining strength. 

SOURCE: Shanghai Daily
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