Weather authorities raised the signal no. 10 for the first time in 5 years in Honk Kong as the Typhoon Hato nears the city. This was the only third time, a storm of such power has stroke Hong Kong in the past 20 years.
According to the news agency report, the Typhoon Hato made landfall about noon in the Pearl river Delta City, in Guandong province. By midday, it passed over the city with sustained lashing winds of 126 Km per hour.
Typhoon Hato has brought destruction and chaos to the city after sweeping through Honk Kong. It has left the signs of massive devastation.
The residents have evacuated from the parts of mainland coast ahead of the storm’s arrival. Government offices, businesses, and schools were shut down due to the strong signal. According to the Airport Authority of Honk Kong International Airport, 420 flights were canceled. Train services were canceled, too. The stock market was shut down due to the warning signals.
The official news service reported that in the eastern coastal area of Hong Kong Island, Hato sent as high as 26 feet (8 meters) waves. It flooded the street, uprooted the trees as well as damaged the buildings. There were reports of 10 deaths, 34 injuries, and 2 missing people. A number of cars in the underground garage was found swamped.
Due to destructive winds one Chinese tourist man was killed after being hit by a truck.
Typhoon Hato weakened when it headed toward the western side of China’s Pearl River Delta.
Although Hong Kong is frequently besieged by typhoons between July and October, such type of direct hits are rare. In 1962, the city saw the strongest typhoon, Wanda, passed over 284 Km per hour when 130 people were killed and 72,00 people became homeless.
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