2nd storm in a week batters southern China

A tropical storm has swept into southern China, lashing Hong Kong and Macau with heavy rain and strong wind just days after the cities were battered by the regions' strongest typhoon in decades.

Severe Tropical Storm Pakhar made landfall west of the Chinese casino hub of Macau Sunday morning, packing maximum sustained winds of 90 kilometers (55 miles) per hour and stronger gusts.

Forecasters in Hong Kong and Macau raised a storm signal two notches below the maximum, forcing schools and businesses to close, ferry operators to halt services and airlines to delay or cancel some flights.

On Wednesday, Typhoon Hato left a trail of devastation as it barreled through the region, killing at least 18 people, including nine in Macau and nine more on mainland China.