Daily News – Hong Kong faces a long recovery after the Severphal city of Mangkhut mauls | Trending News

2018-09-16T23:45:23+00:00 September 16th, 2018|

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Hong Kong managed to avoid serious casualties after a mulling on Sunday by one of the most powerful storms on record did hit the city but was facing a long and difficult recovery from extensive damage flooding and travel disruptions severe typhoon man cop shut down the city for the entire day forcing residents to stay indoors for a harrowing 10 hours under a number-10 warning signal as high-rise buildings wid windows chattered scaffolding was blown off skyscrapers the lift shaft of a building under construction in Thai Kok Tsui collapsed and roads were blocked by severe flooding and fallen trees man kit named after the Thai word for mangosteen was a super typhoon when it triggered the number-8 signal at 110 a.m. the storm had weakened slightly into a severe typhoon when the signal was upgraded to number nine six hours later and then raised to the highest level at 9:40 a.m. as it tore into the city with wind speeds of 118 km/h 73 miles per hour while the city was spared a direct hit it could not escape the ferocity of Mangat at its most intense stage maximum sustained wind speeds near the center of the storm clocked in at 195 km/h making it the most powerful since typhoon hope in 1979 and stronger than super typhoon jato last year man kidd also struck from a further distance then came within 100 kilometers of the city at its closest video clips and photos circulating on social media depicted extraordinary scenes of destruction under the onslaught as it happened typhoon man kit smashed Hong Kong for hours rescuers were called in his torrential rains left more than two dozen neighborhoods in waist-deep water among them low-lying coastal areas such as Lai umunh the hangout fate ruin residential neighborhood and the evacuated fishing village of tayo on Lantau Island storm surges paused sea levels to rise as high as four metres above usual and tsim-sha-tsui sirens rang out on empty streets throughout the day as emergency responder struggled to keep up with the surge of panic calls to the 999 hotline lamb sue hunk 46 who lives with her husband and six-year-old daughter in a rooftop home in Thai Kok Tsui said their metal sheet roof was shaking violently around noon while water seeped in through the ceiling and walls serious flooding and swaying buildings as Hongkongers battle monster storm I was really afraid the roof might be blown away so I called 999 Liam said but the line was busy they ended up seeking refuge in a building corridor there were nearly 200 reports of fallen trees and key arteries such as Lockhart Road in Wan Chai chem Chun Road in the New Territories and several lanes of lion rock and che moon tunnels had to be closed to traffic Aberdeen Tunnel was partially shut due to flooding public transport came to a grinding halt while the MTR corporation could only keep skeletal train services running along underground sections of track hundreds of passengers were stranded at stations hundreds of travelers were stranded at the airport as well while nearly 900 flights were canceled in Hung Hom dozens of windows were blown out of a commercial building sending paper and documents flying in the wind like confetti the electricity supply to about 40,000 chilean pesos customers mainly in the northern new territories un long and saikhan was disrupted ranging from brief cuts to voltage dips with the utility firm blaming it on damaged overhead power lines CLP managing director Chang Chung kyung-wha struct of effect on power supply facilities and customer services have been more severe than expected emergency service teams are being deployed to carry out restoration works under safe circumstances he said 20,000 Macao households left without power after men get causes severe flooding more than 200 people sought hospital treatment during the storm while a damaged path leading to a helipad at st. John Hospital on Cheung sha island shut down helicopter transport services due to sudden voltage dips and uncertainties about power supply five public hospitals had to use backup systems during the typhoon though patient services remained normal according to the hospital authority in neighboring Macau which had to shut down all its casinos 20,000 households were facing power cuts while severe flooding in the Inner Harbor area made to Main Roads unusable at least 17 people were injured but the city appeared to have been spared to death and destruction brought by jato last year schengen and Zhuhai in mainland china were also hit by partial blackouts and flooding while all major cities in the Pearl River Delta region were in a state of emergency as man get headed their way and sport was paralyzed in the greater Bay Area with nearly all flights grounded an intercity train and bus services suspended at least two deaths were reported in Guangdong province son China’s Pearl River Delta shuts down as typhoon kills at least to the number-10 signal was downgraded to number 8 at 7:40 p.m. as Mangat began pulling further away from Hong Kong and residents started emerging in the streets despite the Observatory warning the danger was not over the government announced schools would remain closed on Monday as a precaution regardless of any typhoon or warning signals extensive damage and blocked roads also prompted several universities to cancel classes and closed offices chief executive Carrie Lam Chang you Dan geo are urged employers in the private sector to be flexible about work hours and understand that employees might face difficulty getting to work the city was expected to spend days picking up the pieces and cleaning up the airport authority estimated it would take a couple of days to clear the backlog of 889 canceled flights it is expected that the weather conditions will still be unfavorable to airport operations on Monday hence flight operations will still be affected the authorities said in a statement the airport will implement flight rescheduling on Monday and possibly Tuesday to ensure an orderly recovery heavy damage to overhead lines at some 50 locations along the MTR Network mostly at exposed sections of the east rail and light rail lines left a doubtful whether full services could resume overnight due to the bad weather we expect that it would greatly increase the time and difficulty for any maintenance and repair works MTR chief of operations engineering Tony Lee kar Yun said the typhoon had not caused any seepage and would not hear a leopa nning of the city’s new cross-border high-speed rail link on September 23rd and MTR source said the Hong Kong zhuhai Macao Bridge Authority said non-essential workers had been evacuated from the bridge and all vessels within three nautical miles from the structure would be ordered to leave the area to high-powered tow boats would be stationed to nearby to protect the bridge from incoming vessels and prevent collisions the moves came amid concerns whether the soon to open bridge would be able to take man coots wins several ferry services including those between Cheung Chau and Mui whoa and the North Point hung home Kowloon city Ruth were expected to remain suspended due to serious damage found at several piers