HONG KONG: The usually frenetic streets of Hong Kong were deserted Friday as the city went into lockdown for Typhoon Haima, which has killed at least eight people in the Philippines.
Flights were cancelled, roads were clear of cars and pavements empty, with schools and offices shut as the storm loomed southeast of Hong Kong.
At 8:00 am Haima’s center was 190 kilometers away and was expected to come closest to the city around noon, before moving on to southern mainland China.
The Hong Kong Observatory raised its Number 8 storm signal early Friday — the third highest warning level — forecasting strong winds of more than 60 kilometers per hour and rain.
More than 200 flights have been axed in and out of Hong Kong, local media reported. Underground metro train services were also reduced and all buses cancelled.
The city is expected to remain in lockdown for most of Friday until the storm passes.
Haima which means “seahorse” in Chinese, had already wreaked havoc in the Philippines destroying tens of thousands of homes and killing at least eight people.