Storm

Southern China braced for second battering by storms

Debris from a flattened factory in Dongguan. Photo: AFP

Most parts of southern China should expect another round of downpours, thunderstorms and gusty winds, the National Meteorological Centre said, with hailstorms also possible in several areas.

Tuesday, 26 March, 2013, 4:45am

Mega blizzard aims at US Northeast

This image obtained from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) on shows a major snowstorm over the northeastern section of the United States. Photo: AFP

A major snowstorm bore down on the northeastern United States Friday, with heavy snow, blizzard conditions and freezing temperatures forecast from New York through Maine as well as densely populated inland areas.

8 Feb 2013 - 10:28pm

Fiji scrambles to evacuate tourists as monster storm Evan nears

Fijian authorities scrambled to evacuate tourists and residents in low-lying areas yesterday as a monster storm threatened the Pacific nation with "catastrophic damage" after causing devastation in Samoa.

After crossing Samoa, Evan intensified as it ploughed through the Pacific and forecasters said destructive winds could reach nearly 300km/h by the time it hits Fiji early today.

17 Dec 2012 - 6:16am

Philippines storm toll rises sharply

Filipino crosses a swollen river in Las Pinas city, south of Manila, Philippines. Photo: EPA

The death toll from Typhoon Son-Tinh in the Philippines rose sharply to 24 Saturday as casualty reports came in from isolated central islands and the far-flung south, the government said.

Drowning and landslides were given as the cause of 11 deaths on small islands in the country’s mid-section, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council said in its latest tally.

27 Oct 2012 - 4:58pm

Alaskan fisherman survives 24 hours adrift at sea in plastic tub after storm

Ryan Harris's ordeal ends as a rescuer approaches. Photo: AP

A 19-year-old fisherman whose boat capsized in the chilly waters of southern Alaska floated for more than 24 hours in a 1.2-metre plastic fish tub, singing Row, Row, Row Your Boat to keep his spirits up.

14 Sep 2012 - 4:11am

Isaac menaces US Gulf Coast 7 years after Katrina

Tropical Storm Isaac closed in on the US Gulf Coast on Monday, triggering evacuation orders in some areas and disrupting offshore oil production as it threatened to make landfall between Florida and Louisiana as a full-blown hurricane.

28 Aug 2012 - 2:48pm

Isaac menaces US Gulf Coast 7 years after Katrina

Tropical Storm Isaac closed in on the US Gulf Coast on Monday, triggering evacuation orders in some areas and disrupting offshore oil production as it threatened to make landfall between Florida and Louisiana as a full-blown hurricane.

28 Aug 2012 - 2:44pm

'Lightning strike' fear forces plane back to HK

A Taiwan-bound flight from Hong Kong was forced to return to the airport yesterday after it was suspected to have been struck by lightning.

The Hong Kong Express Boeing 737, carrying 122 passengers, which left Hong Kong for Taichung at 12.30pm, landed safely back at Chek Lap Kok at about 2pm.

20 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Privacy on privates stirs gender storm

It seems unbelievable, but an obscure couple from Toronto have caused a worldwide media storm by simply keeping a secret.

Blogs are abuzz, the New York morning talk shows are calling. All because Kathy Witterick and David Stocker are refusing to tell the one thing that people love to ask about of a newborn: Is it a boy or a girl?

1 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

6,000 strikes of lightning recorded

The Observatory recorded 6,003 strikes of lightning between 6am and 7am yesterday as a trough of low pressure moved in from Guangdong to bring thunderstorms and rain to the city. The trough weakened during the day to be replaced by a maritime airstream.

8 May 2010 - 12:00am

Scientists see no need for sandstorm forecasts

Scientists say Hong Kong can put a better sandstorm forecasting system in place but they doubt it is worth the investment for such rare events.

25 Mar 2010 - 12:00am

Designer, developer boldly go to court over space-age resort

Its futuristic design made it look more like a scene from a Star Trek film than a world-class resort and spa in the heart of Sai Kung.

But it was a legal dispute between the developer and the designer that destroyed the project, not an attack by the Klingons.

20 Dec 2009 - 12:00am

Snowstorm death toll rises as Net critics rap 'slow response'

As the death toll from snowstorms in northern provinces continued to rise yesterday, internet users began to question the government's initially slow response to the disaster.

The heaviest snowfalls in more than half a century have caused at least 41 deaths and affected over 4.7 million people across seven provinces, state media reported.

14 Nov 2009 - 12:00am

Sand and dust turn Beijing skies yellow

Sudden gales brought sand and dust back to Beijing yesterday, darkening the bright hopes of improving air quality in the capital after efforts to tackle pollution for last year's Olympic Games.

Strong north winds began to lash the city from mid-morning.

19 Oct 2009 - 12:00am

Storm madness

Television reporters have a tough job to do during a typhoon. A TVB reporter braved the recent storm to give viewers a first-hand account of what was happening in Tsim Sha Tsui.

The wind was so strong that night he was almost blown down, but he was very brave and did a good job.

27 Jul 2009 - 12:00am

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