Thursday, September 13, 2018

RED ALERT as Category 5 Super Typhoon Mangkhut Will Hit Hong Kong This Week-End After the Philippines!

RED ALERT if you are - or plan to be - in Hong Kong to visit Hong Kong and Hong Kong Disneyland in the next days as Super Typhoon Mangkhut will hit Hong Kong this week-end after the Philippines!

As the US east coast braces for Hurricane Florence, an even stronger super typhoon is barreling down on southeast Asia, with Hong Kong and Macau square in its path, and so Hong Kong Disneyland. Super Typhoon Mangkhut, known as Super Typhoon Ompong in the Philippines, is currently equivalent to a category 5 Atlantic hurricane, with winds of at least 252 kilometers per hour (157 mph), stronger than Florence, which is expected to cause massive flooding and devastation in the U.S North and South Carolinas this week-end. Again, Mangkhut is a Category 5 hurricane, so it's no jokin';

From CNN: "The worst of the storm will be borne by Hong Kong and Macau which are currently in the storm's path. Per current projections, Mangkhut could be one of the strongest storms to hit Hong Kong in over six decades.

As of early Thursday morning, both cities still had warning signals raised for the comparatively small Typhoon Barijat, as it passed over the Pearl River Delta into mainland China. Officials in Hong Kong held emergency meetings Wednesday, in which all departments were warned to have "their deployment and emergency response plans ready for the possible threats that may be brought to Hong Kong by Super Typhoon Mangkhut."

"As Mangkhut crosses the South China Sea, widespread wind damage will be likely in southern China and around Hong Kong by late in the weekend, especially in coastal locations," AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Adam Douty said in a statement.

Multiple Hong Kong airlines, including flag carrier Cathay Pacific, have announced they will waive charges for rebooking or re-routing flights arriving or departing the city during the worst of the storm.

Queenie Lam, a senior scientific officer at the Hong Kong Observatory, told CNN that Mangkhut was "expected to pose a considerable threat to the coast of Guangdong" in southern China and would bring gale force winds to Hong Kong. She said HKO expects to lift the T8 warning signal as the storm nears the city, the second highest in severity."

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