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'Super typhoon' slams Hong Kong, China after pummeling Philippines

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    A super typhoon made landfall in China's Guangdong on Sunday, the country's most populous province, after barreling past Hong Kong and Macau and killing at least 29 people in the Philippines.

    Packing gale force winds of more than 200 kph (125 mph), tropical cyclone Mangkhut is considered the strongest to hit the region this year, equivalent to a maximum Category 5 "intense hurricane" in the Atlantic.

    Mangkhut, the Thai name for Southeast Asia's mangosteen fruit, skirted 100 km (62 miles) south of Hong Kong and veered west toward the coast of Guangdong and the gaming center of Macau.

    Hong Kong raised its highest No. 10 typhoon signal at mid-morning as ferocious winds uprooted trees and smashed windows in office and residential buildings, some of which swayed in the gusts, residents said.

    "It swayed for quite a long time, at least two hours. It made me feel so dizzy," said Elaine Wong, who lives in a high-rise tower in Kowloon.

    Water levels surged 3.5 m (12 ft) in some places, waves swamped roads and washed up live fish, washing into some residential blocks and a mall in an eastern district.

    "It's the worst I've seen," resident Martin Wong told Reuters. "I've not seen the roads flood like this, (and) the windows shake like this, before."

    The plans of tens of thousands of travelers were disrupted by flight cancellations at Hong Kong's international airport, a major regional hub. Airlines such as flagship carrier Cathay Pacific canceled many flights last week.

    Philippine authorities said a baby and a toddler were among the 29 dead, most of them in landslides in mountainous areas that left at least 13 missing.

    "The landslides happened as some residents returned to their homes after the typhoon," disaster response coordinator Francis Tolentino told DZMM Radio, adding that most of the 5.7 million people affected had made advance preparations.

    "It was not so severe as we expected it to be because earlier it was noted it would also be strong," said President Rodrigo Duterte, following an aerial survey of some affected areas.

    In Macau, which halted casino gambling late on Saturday and put China's People's Liberation Army on standby for disaster relief help, some streets were flooded.

    "The suspension is for the safety of casino employees, visitors to the city, and residents," said authorities in the world's largest gambling hub, who faced criticism last year after a typhoon that killed nine and caused severe damage.

    China has ordered thousands of boats to return to harbor, and evacuated thousands of offshore oil platform workers, the state news agency, Xinhua, said.

    "KING OF STORMS"

    The typhoon, dubbed the "King of Storms" by Chinese media, made landfall in Haiyan town at 5:00 p.m. local time, packing winds of more than 160 kph (100 mph), weather officials said.

    Ports, oil refineries and industrial plants in the area have been shut. Power to some areas were also reduced as a precaution.

    The storm has fueled concern about sugar production in Guangdong, which accounts for a tenth of national output, at about 1 million tonnes. China sugar futures rose last week on fears for the cane crop.

    Guangdong is also China's most populous province, with a population of more than 100 million.

    The airport in the boomtown of Shenzhen has been shut since midnight, and will be closed until 8:00 a.m. (2400 GMT) on Monday. Flights have been canceled in Guangzhou and the neighboring island province of Hainan.

    High winds and swells have also hit Fujian province north of Guangdong, shutting ports, suspending ferry services and cancelling more than 100 flights. Waves as high as 7.3 meters (24 ft) were sighted in the Taiwan Strait, Xinhua said.

    Mangkhut's northwesterly track will bring heavy rain and winds to the autonomous region of Guangxi early on Monday, before it weakens into a tropical depression to reach southwestern Yunnan next day.

     
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  2. mr_shadow Minister of State Security Moderator

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    Before anyone asks, I'm safe.

    I was supposed to return to HK from the UK today, but my flight got postponed because no plane dares approach the city until the typhoon is over.

    So now I'm stuck in a hotel at Heathrow Airport following the developments through the news.
     
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    I wish it rain in here.it is wso hot
     
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    My relatives are in the region where the typhoone is hitting but they are ok
     
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    Stay safe Shadow, these long nights at airport hotels with nothing to do can be nasty. :blobsweat
     
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    Dont drop the soap?
     
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    wat is kishi doing in Ph?
    looking for ladyboy?
     
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    Good thing you are still in Europe eh?
     
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    His building in HK can stand at least +200mph wind speed.
    And need +260Mph until glasses start to crack.if the building is using 10mm tempered glass

    And if it crack it wont shatter.
    Just like car windshield
     
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    I was reading in an article recently how Category 6(which has not occured in frequency enough to be activated as tier) Hurricane/Typhoons will become more frequent between now and 2100(as weather will degrade rapidly between now and 2050 in general), due to the rising temperature of the water in the oceans. The closest to Category 6 occured in 1780 in the Lesser Antilles, killing 22, 000 people.

    The term for it right now is a Black or Grey Swan Hurricane.



    Imagine not only massive flooding, but winds that rival a EF5 Tornado strong enough to peel off bark from a tree?
     
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    6:15
     
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    What a fucking monster

    Also, that dog is taking advantage of a life and death situation to fuck around. Surely this is not what they meant by making sure you nail down things important to you.

    :pek
     
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    Yeah, glad I missed that.

    But I'm worried about what state my home will be in when I get there.

    If the window broke from the pressure (or the AC came off like in the video), the room might have been flooded by rain. And since I haven't been there to clean it out, there's a risk my books and important documents have been soaking in water for three days straight.

    Let's hope not.
     
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    Do you have anyone trustworthy who can check out your house, or at least the exterior of the house?
     
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    Since I live in Hong Kong Island I don't have a free-standing house, but rather live on the 23rd floor in a 30-storey building.

    I think from ground level it'd be very difficult for a stranger to identify which window is mine, to determine if it's been damaged or not.

    I don't know any of my neighbours for this semester yet. But I suppose I could talk to the landlady and have her check it out. But I'm going back tomorrow, so probably makes no difference.

    Thanks for the idea though.
     
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    Always digitize books and documents whenever possible.

    You will thank me later.

    :datass
     
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    I heard the HK-Macau bridge is able to withstand up to level 16 typhoon. The original Mangkhut is level 17 before hitting Luzon and downgraded to level 15.
     
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    ...what scale is this?

    The Hong Kong warning scale is 1-10, whereas the North American scale is 1-5. How high does yours go? 20?
     
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    it will be all right

    unless your room is using normal glass (not tempered) it can withstand 1000 Kg of force (10 mm thick) or 800 Kg force (8 mm)

    hence I said +260 Mph.

    unless something flying and hit your window
     
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    I'm not sure if China uses another scale.

     
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    Luzon sounds like a kaiju of some sort.
     
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    so does Formosa
     
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    I'm back home.

    Luckily no damage to my building, from what I can say. But the mailman might have a hard time finding us, because the street sign got toppled.

    Pretty impressive that the wind can break a steel rod sunk into a concrete foundation.
     
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