“Vicious Vicente” Lashes Hong Kong: 138 Injured
THE STANDARD, HONG KONG OBSERVATORY(Hong Kong),CHINA DAILY(China)
More than a hundred people were injured on Tuesday as a typhoon lashed Hong Kong, with winds over 140 kilometers per hour. "Vicious Vicente" ravaged the city, said the Standard, disrupting services on land, air and sea. Schools were closed and outpatient clinic services were suspended. Vicente, meaning "to conquer" in Spanish, is the third cyclone to hit the city this summer.
The Hong Kong Observatory raised the Tropical Cyclone warning to the highest level of Hurricane Signal No.10, for the first time since 1999, reports the China Daily. Hong Kong's tropical cyclone warning signals has five levels -- Standby Signal No. 1, Strong Wind Signal No. 3, Gale or Storm Signal No. 8, Gale or Storm Signal No. 9, and Hurricane Signal No. 10.
A total of 138 people sought treatment at public hospitals because of the typhoon, according to the Standard.
More than 1,000 uprooted trees were reported to authorities, as well as one landslide and seven cases of flooding. The Airport Authority reported that 60 flights had been cancelled, 60 delayed and 16 diverted to other cities.
Vicente has been downgraded from Tropical Cyclone to a Tropical Storm and is weakening gradually as it moves inland towards China. Showers and strong winds are still expected until Wednesday, according to the Hong Kong Observatory. People are advised to stay away from the shoreline.
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