Typhoon Hato hits Hong Kong

Dhaka,  Tue,  26 September 2017
Published : 23 Aug 2017, 11:20:11 | Updated : 23 Aug 2017, 11:22:09

Typhoon Hato hits Hong Kong

Hundreds of flights cancelled, ferry services suspended, trading delayed
Hong Kong braced for Typhoon Hato, a maximum category 10 storm on Wednesday, with hundreds of flights cancelled, trading in financial markets suspended and schools and most businesses closed.

Trading in Hong Kong's financial markets was delayed in the morning, the stock exchange said. Trading will be suspended for the whole day if storm signal 8 or higher is in place at noon.

 “Tides are currently running about 0.5 metres above normal,” the Observatory said in its 6.45am storm update, according to global media reports.

Streets were largely deserted as winds intensified and rain lashed down, with many skyscrapers in the heart of the financial center in darkness as the city battened down for one of the worst storms in years.

Maximum winds near Hato's center were recorded at a destructive 155 kmh (95 mph). 

Sea levels could rise up to five meters (15 feet) in some places, a senior scientific officer for the Hong Kong observatory said. 

The weather observatory issued a signal 10 storm warning, its highest weather warning, and said Hato will be closest to the territory in the next few hours, and warned of flash floods.
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