Hong Kong raises Typhoon Linfa to T8, prepares for impact
By Asian Correspondent Staff Jul 09, 2015 5:31PM UTC
Hong Kong was battening down the hatches at rush hour Thursday as it braced for a direct hit from Typhoon Linfa, the first of three big typhoons swirling off the Chinese and Japanese coasts to make landfall.
The Hong Kong Observatory raised Linfa to its “T8″ storm signal — its third-highest — at 4.40pm local time Thursday.
Packing winds of 130 kilometers per hour (80mph), the typhoon was expected to hit the city of 7 million overnight.
“According to the present forecast track, Linfa is expected to come closest to Hong Kong tonight and tomorrow morning and pose a threat to Hong Kong,” the observatory said on its website.
Twitter users posted images of busy streets and subway stations as people rushed to get home ahead of the impending storm.