Typhoon Kai-tak spares Hong Kong
Hong Kong lowered its typhoon warning to strong winds after Typhoon Kai-Tak veered away towards China.
Yesterday, the Hong Kong government had issued the No. 8 storm signal, the third-highest indicator, at 10:15 p.m and suspended port services as well as ordered schools to be shut. There were warnings as well that flights could be disrupted.
However, earlier this morning, the city government reduced the warning Strong Wind Signal No. 3, the second-lowest level, as Typhoon Kai-tak moved away from Hong Kong towards China’s Leizhou Peninsula.
According to the city’s observatory, at 9 am, the Typhoon was about 217 miles away from Hong Kong and estimates suggest that only 40 flights had been disrupted.
“According to the present forecast track, Kai-Tak will be closest to Hong Kong in the next few hours, skirting within 250 kilometers south-southwest of Hong Kong,” the bureau said in its bulletin. “Local winds will strengthen further. Tropical Cyclone Warning Signal No. 8 will stay in force for some time. The public should be on alert and pay attention to the latest news on the tropical cyclone.”
Earlier this month Hong Kong was hit by Severe Typhoon Vicente, the most serious storm to hit the city since 1999, that felled trees in the city centre and caused massive power disruptions. Although Hong Kong got lucky, mainland China will get the brunt of Typhoon Kai-Tak, and Chinese authorities have already evacuated 18,000 from Guangdong province earlier this morning.