Typhoon Batters Hong Kong, Streets Flooded, Trading Halted
Typhoon Batters Hong Kong, flooded streets, trade has been interrupted
More than 400 flights were canceled, financial markets were suspended and schools were closed while Hato descended on the city.
HONG KONG: Typhoon Hato, the top-class storm of Class 10, beat Hong Kong on Wednesday to hit the Asian financial center with winds and destructive waves that ripped trees, flooded streets and forced most companies to close.
More than 400 flights were canceled, financial markets were suspended and schools were closed while Hato lowered the city, the first Category 10 storm that hit Hong Kong since Typhoon Vincent in 2012.
Many skyscrapers in the heart of the financial center were empty and in the dark, while city workers stayed home and piled in the storm.
Hato overcame the iconic Hong Kong harbor and caused massive waves and waves on some of the city’s most popular beaches, with severe flooding in low lying areas.
In residential areas such as Heng Fa Chuen on Hong Kong Island, densely populated, massive waves broke the sides of buildings in the ocean and went out for a walk, trying to pack vehicles nearby.
Construction cranes balloon in from the top of skyscrapers, trees were felled and residents have made canoes to move through some streets.
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The waves hit Shek O beach at Hato Typhoon in Hong Kong. (Photo by Reuters)
“I’ve never seen one like this,” said Garrett Quigley, a former resident of Lantau Island, west of the city.
“The cars are half immersed and the roads are impassable with large floods and trees.
Maximum winds near the center of Hato were recorded at a destructive speed of 155 km / h (95 mph).
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The wave caused by Typhoon Hato overcomes the barrier along the Zhuhai side of China
A scientific director of the Hong Kong Observatory said that sea level could reach up to 15 feet (15 meters) in some places, the government issued flood warnings and opened 27 temporary shelters throughout the city.
Winds have intensified in the morning, with maximum sustained winds at Cairn and Waglan Island in Tate at 77 km / h (48 mph) and 72 km / h (48 mph), with gusts of up to 103 km / h (64 mph) and 86 km / h Mph) respectively.
Trading in Hong Kong’s financial markets was disrupted during the day, the stock market said. Nida Typhoon in August last year was the last storm to close the day change.
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Heavy rains and strong winds hit Hong Kong on August 23 closing schools and the stock market
A total of 420 flights to and from Hong Kong had been canceled, the government said.