Pacific Typhoon Season

Standby No 1 signal raised in Hong Kong for Tropical Storm Kai-tak

Standby No 1 signal raised in Hong Kong for Tropical Storm Kai-tak

A storm bearing the name of the famed old airport will bring squally showers and strong winds to the city and signal possible disruption to air traffic for the second time in a month.

Thursday, 16 August, 2012, 3:48am

Twin typhoons set to batter mainland

The first of two typhoons struck the east coast last night, with another set to make landfall early today, threatening devastation inland.

Typhoon Damrey struck Xiangshui county, Jiangsu province, north of Shanghai, at 9.30pm, Xinhua reported. Typhoon Saola is expected to make landfall between the southeastern cities of Ningde in Fujian and Wenzhou in Zhejiang .

15 Aug 2012 - 10:54pm

Typhoon causes pollution to peak

Typhoon Saola helped push Hong Kong's air pollution index to the highest level ever recorded outside of extreme circumstances yesterday, with Central and Yuen Long suffering the worst readings.

15 Aug 2012 - 10:49pm

City Digest

More HK Airlines delays amid strike fears

Five Hong Kong Airlines flights were delayed for more than an hour yesterday, including a flight to Nanjing delayed for six hours, and one to Changsha was cancelled amid rumours that the airline's staff were planning to strike.

Typhoon expected to disrupt flights to Taiwan

15 Aug 2012 - 10:43pm

Bosses who won't let staff off early during typhoons help create commuter panic

Having spent 36 years in Hong Kong, and worked through quite a few direct typhoon hits, the complaints every time the typhoon signal number 8 or higher goes up never cease to amuse me.

27 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Vicente a signal to prepare for worst

The government has given the MTR Corp until tomorrow to explain what happened during Monday night's severe typhoon, when passengers were left to spend the night in stations and trains or brave the wild conditions after falling trees damaged power cables. Transport Secretary Professor Anthony Cheung Bing-leung was right to demand an early explanation.

26 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Scientists fooled by rapid growth of storm's ferocity

Typhoon Vicente took most people by surprise with its hurricane-force winds - not least atmospheric scientists puzzled by how it intensified in such a short time and distance.

'The typhoon's action was beyond the expectation of many scientists watching it,' said Professor Johnny Chan Chung-leung, dean of the School of Energy and Environment at City University.

25 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Pylons bolstered to cope with super typhoons

The city's ageing electricity pylons will not withstand super typhoons that are increasingly likely to strike the city amid climate change, according to CLP, which yesterday briefed the media on measures to strengthen the structures.

20 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Tropical storm passes - now for monsoon, floods

The strong wind signal prompted by the passing of Tropical Storm Nalgae was lowered last night but weather chiefs warned Hong Kong was still in for a buffeting by monsoon winds and possible flooding by exceptionally high tides.

4 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Typhoon's calling card bears messy signature

Volunteers in this year's coastal clean-up challenge had their work cut out for them yesterday after Typhoon Nesat whipped a slew of trash onto the city's shores.

The clean-up, now in its 11th year, is one of many efforts Ocean Conservancy has overseen across more than 150 countries over the past 25 years.

2 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Talking points

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Sky over Victoria Harbour lights up for National Day

1 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Sailor missing in typhoon fury

Hong Kong felt the power of Typhoon Nesat yesterday as a yachtsman went missing in a storm that pushed two crane barges aground, tore down scaffolding and uprooted more than 400 trees.

30 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

Storm, not market, volatility grips city

The first typhoon signal No 8 in two years shut down the city yesterday, stranding thousands of passengers and giving investors a respite from the volatile stock market.

The storm signal was issued early in the morning and was only downgraded to No 3 12 hours later at 4.10pm after Typhoon Nesat reached Hainan and the mainland. The No 1 signal was issued just after midnight.

30 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

Call for precautions as typhoon nears

The Observatory warns Hongkongers to take precautions as Typhoon Nesat edges closer after leaving at least 23 people dead in the Philippines and causing severe floods in Manila.

Weather chiefs said Nesat was about 420 kilometres south of Hong Kong at midnight and forecast to move west-northwest at about 22km/h towards Hainan .

29 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

500,000 people flee onslaught of Typhoon Muifa

More than half a million people were forced to leave their homes in the mainland's eastern coastal cities yesterday as the region braced itself for the onslaught of Typhoon Muifa.

Muifa was initially expected to make landfall near Shanghai, but a revised forecast predicted it would hit the coast today in Shandong .

7 Aug 2011 - 12:00am