Hong Kong Observatory has issued the highest hurricane signal, No. 10 in an advisory on Wednesday, August 23. The typhoon has forced offices and schools to close and hundreds of flights and other transport services canceled.
Most businesses in the financial hub have closed for the rest of the day, many skyscrapers in the heart of the financial center were emptied and in darkness, as the workers stayed at home and hunkered through the storm.
Hato churned up on densely populated Hong Kong island, massive waves were seen smashed against the sides of oceanfront buildings and surged over a promenade, swamping vehicles parked nearby.
Construction cranes swayed precipitously from the tops of skyscrapers, trees toppled and residents deployed canoes to get around on some streets.
The Observatory also stated that winds at Ngong Ping, Waglan Island, and Cheng Chau Beach were 151kmh, 136kmh, and 132kmh respectively. Wind speeds are expected to increase in these areas.
Severe Typhoon Hato was about 60km southwest of the Hong Kong Observatory and reportedly traveling towards the Pearl River Estuary vicinity at about 25kmh.
Water levels at the Quarry Bay were recorded at 3.6m and are expected to increase throughout the day.
Local MTR trains will only provide limited services during a No. 9 signal while overground rail and bus services will be fully suspended.
For now, most flights to Hong Kong via the city’s flagship carrier, Cathay Pacific, have already been canceled.
Watch some of the other videos posted on Facebook about the typhoon in Hong Kong.
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