Typhoon Hagupit Pummels Hong Kong with Strong Winds and Heavy Rain
The wind is still blowing strongly and various weather stations around the territory have registered winds in excess of 100mph. In the towns of Stanley and Shek O on the south side of Hong Kong island winds blew down trees and blocked roads and businesses were forced to close early all over the bustling metropolis of seven million people.
I have just returned after spending 6 hours documenting the most extreme parts of the storm. Video will be posted shortly.
HONG KONG (AFP) - Typhoon Hagupit lashed Hong Kong with heavy rain and strong winds Tuesday evening, suspending flights and disrupting public transport as workers hurried home.
The observatory said that the typhoon was centred about 210 kilometres south-southeast of the territory and was forecast to move west or northwest towards the South China Sea.
It also expected flooding to occur in low-lying areas overnight due to the combined effect of typhoon and high tide.
A total of 47 flights in and out of Hong Kong had been cancelled by 4:00 pm, a Hong Kong Airport Authority spokeswoman told AFP.
Of these, 22 were departures and 25 arrivals, including some flights to and from Taiwan and Singapore. Several ferry journeys between Hong Kong and Macau were also suspended.
www.typhoonfury.com - My website covering current and previous high impact typhoons in Asia.
www.hko.gov.hk - Hong Kong Observatory website
http://www.jma.go.jp/en/typh/ - Official NW Pacific typhoon forecast from Japanese Meteorological Agency