Super typhoon slams Philippines, threatens Taiwan and Hong Kong

Taiwan shut offices and called off flights around areas of the south on Wednesday as Super Typhoon Saola sweeps past the island’s southern tip, proceeding towards the Chinese coast after battering northern Philippines. Philippine weather bureau Pagasa hoisted the third-highest wind signal over northern areas, caution of a “perilous” typhoon and peril of destruction to structures in its bulletin on Wednesday morning.

Taiwan shut some offices and schools in areas of Kaohsiung and Pingtung and called off exceeding than a dozen flights.  Saola polished into an intense typhoon on Tuesday night as it traversed the waters of Batanes province, revealed by Pagasa. The typhoon triggered taking away of around 50,000 people in the Philippines to more safe places.

The cyclone is 800km far from Hong Kong and is tentatively going to close in on the southern Chinese coast east of Hong Kong by Thursday, according to a statement from the Hong Kong Observatory on Wednesday. The observatory decides to bring to highlight the lowest typhoon caution on Wednesday evening, it said clearly.