Typhoon Nuri shuts down Hong Kong
Typhoon Nuri has shut down Hong Kong today, as gale-force winds hit the financial hub of the city and disrupted hundreds of flights.
The signal was upgraded to a Number 9, which is one short of a direct hit, and it already wrecked havoc through the northern Philippines.
The last time a storm of such severity hit Hong Kong was typhoon Dujuan in September 2003. Around four hundred flights were cancelled or delayed by early evening, including those of the city's two major carriers, Cathay Pacific and Dragon Air.
It wasn't immediately clear how the city would cope with the backlog of over 400 flights. A spokeswoman for the Hong Kong Airport Authority said arrangements would be made with the airlines, with flights likely to resume after midnight.
Much of Hong Kong ground to a standstill on Friday with the closure of financial markets, schools and offices. Howling winds swept across the former British colony, uprooting trees and churning white-tipped waves in Victoria harbor.
Streets were largely deserted and shops shuttered, with trees and scaffolding being toppled by winds of up to 94 kph (58 mph) recorded in parts of the territory.
In China's Guangdong province, thousands of people were evacuated from the coast, and the meterological centre said it may be the strongest typhoon in that province this year.