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Typhoons in the Philippines

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

Shanghai officials pass the typhoon test

Shanghai's preparedness to face a typhoon that smashed into eastern China this week has reinforced the financial centre's reputation as the mainland's most developed city.

Typhoon Haikui was one of the severest typhoons to hit Shanghai in recent years. At least three people were killed, 30,000 trees collapsed, houses were damaged and more than 370,000 people evacuated.

15 Aug 2012 - 11:23pm

An ear to the ground

Just before 1am on Tuesday, July 24, as hurricane-force winds from Typhoon Vicente cut a swathe of destruction through Hong Kong, Chan Yun-cheung's mobile phone rang.

He jolted awake to answer the call. It was the Hong Kong Observatory - which had hoisted typhoon signal No 10 at 12.45am - updating Chan, 59, on the tropical storm's path and the rainfall predictions.

15 Aug 2012 - 11:03pm

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

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

Vicente strikes HK

Typhoon Vicente was the second storm to shut down the city this year. It was strong enough for the Observatory to issue the No 10 hurricane signal for almost three hours early yesterday morning.

It was the first time that the No 10 signal was hoisted since Typhoon York in 1999.

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

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

Coastal areas ready to evacuate as powerful typhoon nears

The eastern coastal provinces are bracing for the approach of Typhoon Muifa, which could be the strongest storm to hit the region in years.

Provincial meteorological authorities expect the typhoon to make landfall in Zhejiang tonight or during the day tomorrow.

6 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

Nock-ten's outer bands to bring squally rain

Strong winds and squally rain from the outer bands of Severe Tropical Storm Nock-ten began buffeting Hong Kong last night, prompting the Observatory to raise the No 3 strong wind signal.

It warned people to stay away from coastal areas and take precautionary measures but said it was unlikely that the No 8 signal would be raised if the storm continued on its present path.

29 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

Haima set to bring heavy showers

Heavy, squally showers are forecast for Hong Kong today as Tropical Depression Haima moves closer to the city and strengthens to a tropical storm.

22 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

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