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Stormy times in Hong Kong

Extreme weather rocked the financial centre of Hong Kong this week. Typhoon Vicente first hit during Monday’s evening rush hour, when it was declared a category 8 storm, before later that evening being reclassified as a more serious 9. At 12.45am on Tuesday the Hong Kong Observatory decided that Vicente was even worse: a category 10, or hurricane, with wind speeds exceeding 118km/h. This was the first time Hong Kong had experienced a category 10 storm since 1999, when York passed through. This week’s hurricane saw winds reaching 140km/h, says the BBC, downing hundreds of trees. On Tuesday morning the city’s stock market was closed and 44 flights were cancelled. However, it is a tribute to Hong Kong’s resilient infrastructure that by Tuesday lunchtime everything was largely functioning as normal (thought flights were backed up).

Fortunately, no deaths have been reported. The worst outcome for most was fatigue: the combination of screaming winds and swaying buildings led to sleepless nights for the occupants of many of the city’s high-rise towers.


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