Typhoon Usagi

Some Hongkongers displayed recklessness in face of Usagi's peril

People brave stormy weather near Star Ferry Pier in Tsim Sha Tsui under typhoon signal no. 8 as typhoon Usagi hits Hong Kong. Photo: Felix Wong

There was never a certainty that Typhoon Usagi was going to make a direct hit on Hong Kong, but the waves from so powerful a storm were guaranteed to create spectacular waterfront displays. That was to be expected after weather forecasters had billed it as the biggest tempest in the world this year. The Hong Kong Observatory had for days been warning that wind strengths and seasonal high tides would cause mountainous swells, and the photographs and videos showing people dwarfed on the shoreline have not disappointed. What was shocking, though, was the numbers of parents who took their children from the safety of homes and put them in potentially dangerous situations to experience nature's fury at first hand.

Wednesday, 25 September, 2013, 3:27am

Heavy rains kill 36 in Vietnam, Cambodia

Rescuers search for bodies of victims who drowned after their van became flooded in a river in Nam Dan district, central Nghe An province in Vietnam. Photo: AFP

Heavy monsoon rains exacerbated by Typhoon Usagi have pounded parts of Vietnam and Cambodia killing at least 36 people, authorities said on Tuesday, with many swept to their deaths in floods.

24 Sep 2013 - 8:44pm

Passengers at Chek Lap Kok frustrated as airlines slowly begin to clear backlog

A passenger waits for flights to resume while sitting an airline counter at Hong Kong's international airport. Photo: AP

Airlines are beginning to clear a backlog of stranded passengers at the Chek Lap Kok airport after the Observatory cancelled typhoon signals on Monday morning.

The billboard at the airport showed that flights would be leaving on time soon after the Observatory lowered the No 8 typhoon signal to a No 3 signal at 9.20am, and then cancelled all typhoon signals at 10.25am.

21 Oct 2013 - 4:43pm

Hong Kong back to business after Typhoon Usagi

A man walks on an empty street in the Soho district of Hong Kong. Photo: AFP

Services in Hong Kong are slowly resuming after the Observatory cancelled all tropical cyclone signals at 10.25am.

23 Sep 2013 - 11:26am

Hong Kong quickly returns to normal after storm warnings cancelled

Queues for the bus stops at Hung Hom at the entrance of the Cross-Harbour Tunnel. Photo: Shirley Zhao

Life and business in Hong Kong was quickly returning to normal after the Observatory cancelled all storm warnings at 10.25am.

23 Sep 2013 - 4:46pm 3 comments

Tai O residents slam red tape amid flooding woes

Sand bags are used to stem flooding in Tai O. Photo: Nora Tam

Residents in flood-prone areas yesterday blasted the government, accusing it of poor preparations and red tape as Usagi edged towards the city. However, there were no reports of flooding in Hong Kong by 9pm last night. A group of volunteers in Tai O on Lantau also accused officials of failing to help evacuate single elderly residents, who were worried they would not have time to move out of the village's stilt houses into shelters.

23 Sep 2013 - 3:04am 2 comments

Cathay and Dragonair fail the test in crisis management

Cathay and Dragonair fail the test in crisis management

A good airline is definitely not only about new planes and beautiful airport lounges, but also about customer service, in particular in difficult times.

24 Sep 2013 - 12:47am 21 comments

Typhoon Usagi could be Hong Kong's strongest in 34 years

Dark clouds hang low over Hong Kong's Victoria Habour. Photo: AP

Severe Typhoon Usagi has all the hallmarks of becoming Hong Kong’s strongest storm in 34 years.

It is expected to make landfall later on tonight as current estimates predict bringing current maximum sustained wind speeds at the eye of 165km/h onshore.

The Hong Kong Observatory raised the T8 storm signal as the typhoon is expected to pass within 100 kilometres of Hong Kong.

22 Sep 2013 - 7:33pm

Typhoon Usagi: Severe storm lashes Hong Kong

Victoria Harbour as the storm approached. Photo: AP

Severe Typhoon Usagi left two dead as it made landfall in southern China on Sunday, and caused chaos across Hong Kong, throwing flight schedules into disarray and bringing flooding to some areas.

23 Sep 2013 - 12:52pm 5 comments

Anger at Chek Lap Kok as passengers stranded by Typhoon Usagi

Hundreds of passengers mill about in limbo at Chek Lap Kok yesterday afternoon, frustrated and confused about their disrupted travel plans. Photo: K.Y. Cheng

Frustrated air travellers spent the night at Chek Lap Kok airport last night after flights were cancelled or delayed. Some angry passengers blamed airlines for keeping them in the dark about flight schedules after braving winds and heavy rain to reach the airport, only to learn of cancellations or delays.

23 Sep 2013 - 3:03am 7 comments

Super typhoon whips Philippines, Taiwan, heads for China

A Filipino resident carries a sack of rice during a downpour brought by Typhoon Usagi in Las Pinas city, Philippines. Photo: Reuters

22 Sep 2013 - 7:35pm

Lucky Nine's trip to Australia delayed because of typhoon

Lucky Nine will kick his heels in Hong Kong for a few more days because of Typhoon Usagi. Photo: Kenneth Chan

Lucky Nine's flight to Australia for the start of a new campaign at the Melbourne carnival is likely to be disrupted by Typhoon Usagi but trainer Caspar Fownes is unconcerned.

22 Sep 2013 - 7:35pm

Jockey Club cancels meeting as Typhoon Usagi bears down on Hong Kong

Hong Kong Jockey Club executive director of racing Bill Nader says the decision to cancel the meeting was a difficult one. Photo: Kenneth Chan

The Jockey Club will seek government approval to fill the vacant October 30 midweek date, with its refusal to take a risk on Sha Tin today in the face of Typhoon Usagi set to cost the club more than HK$1 billion in turnover.

22 Sep 2013 - 7:35pm

HK issues Typhoon Signal No 1 as Usagi approaches

A Filipino braves strong waves at a coastal village in Pasay city, south of Manila, Philippines, as Super-Typhoon Usagi hits the region. On Saturday, Usagi was approaching Hong Kong. Photo: EPA

The Hong Kong Observatory issued the Typhoon Signal No 1 on Saturday morning as Super-Typhoon Usagi approached the territory.

The observatory said on its website that the tropical cyclone was now centred within about 800 kilometres of Hong Kong.

22 Sep 2013 - 7:36pm

T8 signal raised in Hong Kong as Typhoon Usagi closes in

The size and intensity of Severe Typhoon Usagi is shown in this satellite image taken by the Japan Meteorological Agency yesterday. Photo: AP

The Hong Kong Observatory issued the T8 Tropical Cyclone Warning Signal at 6.40pm today.

22 Sep 2013 - 7:33pm 32 comments