Typhoon hits Hong Kong
8 storm signal, the third highest level, at 6:40 p.m., and it said Usagi would make a landfall in the evening. The Airport Authority said about 400 flights have been cancelled or delayed. Cathay Pacific, Dragonair and other Hong Kong airline companies have warned that flights after 6 p.m.
The city’s Education Bureau said all schools had been cancelled yesterday. Amusement parks were closed and bathing beach officials have warned people not to swim in the sea.
According to the Hong Kong Observatory, at 7pm, Usagi was centred about 160km northeast of Hong Kong and is forecast to move northwest at about 20km per hour to approach the east coast of Guangdong Province. Super Typhoon Usagi, the most powerful storm of the year, brought torrential rain and strong winds to the Philippines and Taiwan Saturday, uprooting trees and knocking out power as it barrelled towards Hong Kong.
The typhoon battered the Batanes island group in the far north of the Philippines overnight with gusts of up to 250 kilometres per hour, affecting communication lines and damaging crops, officials said. I cannot even go out now,” Batanes governor Vicente Gato told DZBB radio in Manila.
“Many trees have been uprooted and we have no electricity,” he said. The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Centre issued its highest alert, with flooding recorded in four regions of the main island of Luzon, the country’s most populous area, while several roads and bridges were rendered impassable by overflowing rivers or landslides.
In Taiwan, some flights were cancelled and ferry services suspended, with schools and offices in many parts of the island closed, especially in the south and east, which were expected to bear the brunt of the storm, authorities said. Hotels and resorts in mountainous areas were closed due to fears of flooding and landslides.... Read the full, comprehensive news article and discuss at The HeraldSimilar Stories