Typhoon Hato hits Hong Kong, disrupts air travel

Published on : Wednesday, August 23, 2017

typhoonHong Kong was lashed with destructive winds and waves when Tyohoon Hato ,a maximum category 10 storm slammed the city on Wednesday.


The business was forced to close when the Asian financial hub saw more than 400 flights getting cancelled, financial markets suspended and schools closed.


Eralier typhoon Vicente had hit the city in 2012. The trees were uprooted and streets flooded, the darkness of the city compelled workers to stay at home while some hunkered through the storm.



The skyscrapers were empty, there was serious flooding in low-lying areas, Hong Kong’s iconic Victoria Harbour was churned up with large swells and massive waves were observed in some of the famous beaches.



The sides of the oceanfront buildings were smashed by the waves in the residential districts of Heng fa Cheun, one of the densly populated Hong Kong island.



Canoes were deployed by the residents to get around the streets, trees toppled and the construction cranes swayed.



It was reported that maximum wind near the Hato’s centre was at the speed of 155 kmh (95mph) and the waves disrupted the barrier along the seacoast in Zhuhai in China.



The sea level in some places will rise upto give metres (15 feet) confirmed a senior official.


The government issued flood alerts and the opening of temporary shelters across the city.


A resident of Lantau island said that he never saw such crashing, cars were half submerged, roads were not accessible and the trees were down.


Tate’s Cairn and Wagan Island witnessed intensified wind in the morning with speed of 77kmh (48mph) and 72 kmh(48mph) . Maximum gusts of 103 kmh (64 mph) and 86 kmh(53mph) was noted respectively.


The government confirmed that a total of 420 airline flights to and from Hong Kong were put on hold.
Cathay Pacific mentioned that the storm had severely impacted the flight operations and a majority of flight plying between 2200 GMT Tuesday and 0900 GMT Wednesday will be cancelled.


The Hong Kong airlines also suspended its flights,  ferries to the gaming hub of Macau and outlying island in Hong Kong were also stopped.

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