News / World by Press Association 16/09/2018, 3:14 am FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Send us a story Sign up to our Daily newsletter Typhoon Mangkhut roared towards densely populated Hong Kong and southern China on Sunday after wreaking havoc across the northern Philippines and leaving at least 12 people dead. The strongest storm in the world so far this year sliced across the northern tip of Luzon Island on Saturday, bringing ferocious winds and heavy rain that caused landslides and led to houses collapsing. More than five million people were in the path of the typhoon, equivalent to a Category 5 Atlantic hurricane when it hit the Philippines. China and the Philippines agreed to postpone a visit by Chinese foreign minister Wang Yi that was to start on Sunday due to the typhoon’s onslaught, which caused nearly 150 flights, a third of them international, to be cancelled and sea travel halted. The Hong Kong Observatory said that although Mangkhut had weakened … [Read more...] about Deadly typhoon heads for Hong Kong and southern China after ravaging Philippines
By James Pomfret HONG KONG (Reuters) - A hurricane force "super typhoon" swirled towards Hong Kong and the Chinese coastline on Sunday, gaining in force over the South China sea after hurtling through the Philippines where it left at least three people dead. "Super typhoon" Mangkhut is considered the strongest tropical cyclone to hit the region this year, with gale force winds of more than 200 kph (125 mph), equal to a maximum Category 5 "intense hurricane" in the Atlantic. The Philippine disaster agency said two rescue workers died while trying to free people trapped in a landslide in the mountainous Cordillera region, while police said a body had been found in a river in Manila Mangkhut, the Thai name for the mangosteen fruit of southeast Asia, was expected to skirt around 100 kilometres south of Hong Kong and veer westwards towards the Chinese coastline of Guangdong province, as well as the gambling hub of Macau straddling the Pearl River Delta. "According to the present forecast … [Read more...] about ‘Super typhoon’ nears Hong Kong, China after slamming Philippines
TYPHOON Mangkhut has made landfall in the Philippines, killing around 14 people as it batters the country with wind speeds of 115mph. But when will the storm reach Hong Kong after raging across the China Sea? Where is Typhoon Mangkhut now? After losing some wind speed, the super typhoon has now been downgraded to a category four storm. It is heading west towards China at about 19 mph. The World Meteorological Organisation branded the storm the strongest tropical cyclone the world has faced this year". Authorities in the Philippines say they've been better prepared for the onslaught than in previous years. The deadliest storm in the country was Super Typhoon Haiyan, which killed over 7,000 people and affected millions in 2013. When will the storm hit Hong Kong? Philippine forecasters said the shifting typhoon will pass near Hong Kong late on Sunday or early on Monday. Residents there have been warned to stay indoors as authorities raised storm alerts to "yellow". Locals have been … [Read more...] about Typhoon Mangkhut path tracker latest — where is the super typhoon now and when will it reach Hong Kong?
Once again, Chinese media and internet users are lashing out at a Western corporation for the unforgivable insult of listing Taiwan and Hong Kong as separate entities from Communist China. The latest company to trigger the Chinese is Apple, whose iPhone XS rollout event included a slide that listed China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan as three separate markets among the two dozen or so that would receive Apple’s new product on September 21.There was nothing particularly dramatic about this moment in the presentation; it was merely a list of shipping destinations projected on a screen behind Apple Senior Vice-President of Worldwide Marketing Phil Schiller on Wednesday as he talked about the product launch. Each of the listed nations was accompanied by an icon of its flag. China insists that Hong Kong and Taiwan be referred to as provinces of China – for example, “Hong Kong, China” instead of just “Hong Kong.” The Apple slide did not refer to the listed … [Read more...] about China Objects to iPhone Presentation Listing Taiwan and Hong Kong as Separate Markets
A HUGE tsunami was spotted in the South China Sea barrelling towards Hong Kong in 2003. The vast wave was ten times the size of the Boxing Day Indian Ocean Tsunami the following year which killed at least 230,000 people – and there were four of them. It had the potential to decimate the city of 7 million people and cause devastation the likes of which had never been seen. But it then it vanished. Scientists were baffled when the tsunami suddenly disappeared of the radar, and there now dozens of conspiracy theories flitting around the internet. The waves were described as “gargantuan” and “spanning an entire ocean” by journalist, Andrew Gough. When experts measured the waves they calculated that they must be at least 500 feet high. Normally a tsunami would be considered big if it came to 30 feet or 50 feet, but one expert said they could even rise to as high as 2000 feet. Now Science Channel’s 'What on Earth?' documentary series is delving into the … [Read more...] about Massive tsunami wave 10 times bigger than Boxing Day disaster spotted heading towards Hong Kong – only to vanish