Typhoon barrels towards Hong Kong

HONG KONG: Hong Kong authorities closed schools and raised the third highest storm warning as a typhoon threatened the financial hub for the second time in less than a week.

The Hong Kong observatory raised the number 8 typhoon signal on Tuesday as severe tropical storm Kompasu moved southeast of the city in the South China Sea. The highest storm signal is a No.10.

Some flights and transport services were disrupted in Hong Kong with maximum wind speeds of over 100km/h recorded.

The storm is currently heading west towards China’s Hainan Island after battering the Philippines, leaving at least nine people dead there, along with heavy flooding and landslides.

Authorities in Hainan closed at least three ports, according to Xinhua news agency, while fishing boats were called back to shore.

Shenzhen’s Yantian port, one of the world’s busiest container terminals, also temporarily suspended some services, according to a notice on its website.

It wasn’t clear when operations would resume. — Reuters

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