Hong Kong is the latest place to feel the force of category 3 Typhoon Nesat. The warning signal is at level eight – the highest is ten – meaning schools and offices are automatically shut. The ferocity of the storm was enough to halt everyday activities, even closing the city’s busy stock exchange.
In Hong Kong’s harbour, ships were smashed against the dock by the rough waves and several others ran aground.
Fallen trees blocked several roads, making travel by bus or car virtually impossible. Train and metro services have also been cancelled.
Though no one has been killed, at least two people have been hospitalised after being hit by falling debris, brought crashing to the ground by winds of around 100 kilometres per hour.
Nearly 20 shelters have been set up around Hong Kong for evacuated people.
Earlier in the week, 18 people were killed in the Philippines after Typhoon Nesat tore across the country’s islands. More than 100,000 people were forced to leave their homes. The Philippines government estimates the damage will cost more than 19 million euros.