Posted by: Chuck | September 23, 2013

Hong Kong hunkers down for powerful typhoon Usagi

Severe Typhoon Usagi barreled towards Hong Kong on Sunday, shutting down one of the world’s busiest sea ports and throwing flight schedules into disarray, after killing two people in the Philippines and unleashing landslides in Taiwan. Usagi — which means rabbit in Japanese — packed winds of 165 kilometers (103 miles) per hour as it closed in on China’s densely populated Pearl River Delta, forcing some residents in vulnerable areas to tape up windows and stock up on supplies. The Hong Kong Observatory, issuing the second of a five-step tropical cyclone warning, said it was likely to bring “severe” disruption to the city with transport systems affected and expectations of high waves and localized flooding. Cathay Pacific said it was cancelling all flights from 6:00 pm (1000 GMT) Sunday. At the Chek Lap Kok airport, airline counters were besieged by anxious passengers hoping to rebook on earlier flights. Hong Kong’s Airport Authority said that by the end of Sunday, it expected to see 376 flights cancelled by Cathay and other airlines. (Source: FAP News 9/22/13)



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