Typhoon Koinu Rattles Hong Kong – Impact, Closures, and Safety Measures

Typhoon Koinu Rattles Hong Kong

Hong Kong Faces Typhoon Koinu: A Familiar Warning

Due to Typhoon Koinu, people living in Hong Kong, a city known for its bustling city life and financial hub status, have found themselves under the looming threat. It is the second time in a very short span that Hong Kong is facing this threat, and it has spread a reign of terror among the residents of the city. Earlier it was Typhoon Saola, due to which the ‘T10’ storm alert was triggered and now Koinu. We are closely monitoring the developments revolving around Koinu and we shall report all the events occurring therein.

Typhoon’s Arrival in Hong Kong

After just a couple of weeks of Typhoon Saola, people of Hong Kong is faced with Koinu. It has sent Hong Kong’s weather observatory staff into action against the typhoon informing people of the upcoming calamity and to take precautionary measures. Quite dangerous than the previous one, the city this time was placed under a “T8” signal, the second-highest level in Hong Kong’s warning system. The activation for this level is when a storm’s maximum sustained wind speed reaches 117 kmph. Koinu’s winds, however, far exceeded this limit, with a recorded maximum sustained wind speed of 145 kmph.

Rising Alert – “T10” Signal

During the day, the warning limit remained at T8, but as the evening arrived, the weather observatory raised the warning signal to “T9” at 7 pm (1100 GMT) from T8, signaling a substantial increase in expected storms. The Hong Kong authorities urged the public to stay indoors, away from exposed windows and doors. People of Hong Kong were directed to ensure that they had a safe shelter in these difficult times.

Closures and Disruptions

Through Hon-Kong, people ensured that their loved ones were secure and safe. In order to secure people, Hong Kong authorities temporarily suspended schools, daycare centers, ferries, public transport, and cargo terminals for 24 hours. Moreover, it is reported by Hong Kong’s Airport Authority that it has cancelled more than 90 flights and 130 flights have been delayed due to Koinu.

Safety Concerns

Hong Kong authorities reported that more than 11 trees fell during the whole day due to which six people got injured. A warning was issued by The Hong Kong Observatory about Koinu being a mature typhoon with its eyewall approaching the seas south of the territory, therefore cautioning its residents to avoid low-lying areas, especially in anticipation of a possible storm surge. The observatory also stated that they would continuously assess the need to issue higher storm warning signals based on wind speeds any time soon.

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Koinu’s Path – Impact Beyond Hong Kong

In the initial stages, Typhoon passed through Taiwan in the border areas, where it caused destruction but on a minimal level. As it entered Hong Kong, it brought torrential rain and record-breaking winds throughout the city. The torrential rains and record-breaking winds caused power outages that affected the whole of Hong Kong, not even leaving one home.

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Tropical Storms and Climate Change

The frequency and intensity of tropical storms have become a growing concern. Southern China is no stranger to typhoons during the summer and autumn months. These typhoons form in the warm oceans east of the Philippines and then journey westward. However, climate change has made tropical storms more unpredictable while increasing their intensity. This results in more rain and stronger gusts, often leading to flash floods and coastal damage.

As Hong Kong grapples with the aftermath of Koinu and reflects on the challenges posed by climate change, the city remains resilient and determined to adapt to the changing face of weather patterns.

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