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Typhoon Mangkhut begins to move away from HK

2018-09-16 HKT 16:11
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Severe Typhoon Mangkhut, the most powerful storm Hong Kong has seen for decades, is gradually starting to depart from the city.

The Observatory says Mangkhut is forecast to make landfall over the coast to the west of the Pearl River Estuary early on Sunday evening, but the Hurricane Signal Number 10 will remain in force for the next few hours.

The city's strongest storm signal has been in force since 9.40am.

At its strongest, it packed sustained winds of up to 189 kilometres per hour, toppling cranes, scaffolding, trees, signposts and more, as it skirted within 100 kilometres of the city.

Low-lying areas, including Lei Yue Mun, Heng Fa Chuen, and Tai O were flooded, and authorities reported that at least 111 people sought medical attention in hospital during the storm.

Senior Scientific Officer Lee Tsz-cheung warned however that Mangkhut’s "destructive" winds are still affecting Hong Kong.