We’re only hours away from this huge storm reaching Hong Kong.

Latest report on Typhoon Usagi here.

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“Bottom line: Super Typhoon Usagi is the the strongest cyclone so far in 2013. It is expected to weaken and impact parts of southeast China, in particular Hong Kong, by Sunday, September 22. Usagi could potentially slam Hong Kong with heavy rain, flash flooding, and strong winds.”

If anyone has updates please leave links in comments – thanks,

-Oz

*UPDATE

From News,com.au

Typhoon Usagi hits Taiwan – powerlines cut, flash flooding and landslides – over 3000 people already evacuated and this:

“The typhoon also left 45,000 homes powerless and more than 5000 households without water, it said. Pictures showed overturned vehicles, fallen branches and rivers of muddy water flooding the streets.

A total of 77 domestic and five international flights were cancelled and ferry services suspended, with schools and offices in many parts of Taiwan closed, especially in the south and east, authorities said.

The defence ministry deployed more than 3000 soldiers to ‘high-risk’ areas and placed 24,000 others on standby.”

*UPDATE 2


The storm was downgraded from a super typhoon on Saturday – with its sustained winds falling below 241 kilometres per hour – as it passed through the Luzon Strait separating the Philippines and Taiwan, likely sparing residents in both places from the most destructive winds near its eye.

In the Philippines, Usagi left at least two people dead and two others missing, while in Taiwan nine people were hurt by falling trees on Kinmen island off China’s coast.

The typhoon landed near the city of Shanwei in the Chinese province of Guangdong, about 140 kilometres northeast of Hong Kong, and was moving west-northwest at 22 km/h, the Hong Kong Observatory said. It was expected to skirt about 100 kilometres north of Hong Kong overnight.

Hundreds of residents were taken to temporary shelters, commerce came to a grinding halt and airlines cancelled flights for a period of at least 24 hours.
But thankfully Hong Kong was spared literally at the last minute.

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