Hundreds of flights cancelled as Hong Kong braces for typhoon

Published on : Friday, October 21, 2016

typhoon-haimaHong Kong remained on high alert on Friday morning as Typhoon Haima edged closer, with the city’s weather Observatory issuing a Tropical Cyclone Warning Signal Number 8.


The warning calls for tropical storm winds of 63 to 117 kph (39 to 73 mph) and advises residents to secure windows, reinforce them with shutters, and remain indoors. The No. 8 Storm Signal is expected to remain in force most of the day in Hong Kong.


The storm had already caused the delay or cancellation of 740 passenger flights at Hong Kong’s airport. Cathay Pacific Airways Ltd. the city’s dominant carrier, said flight disruptions would likely last through Friday evening.


Schools, banks, and other government services, including the courts and the immigration department, were closed for the day after the Hong Kong Observatory issued its third-highest storm warning, Signal No. 8, early Friday morning.


According to a statement from the Hong Kong stock exchange, trading in Hong Kong’s securities and derivatives markets, including the Shanghai-Hong Kong Stock Connect program, has been suspended for the day.


The Hong Kong Observatory has advised members of the public to be stay away from the shoreline owing to rough seas and squalls, and not to engage in water sports.


On Thursday, the typhoon swept across the northern part of Philippines, leaving at least 8 people dead and a trail of destruction that officials said could take days to fully assess.

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