Super Typhoon Usagi Set to Hit Southern China

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In this handout satellite image taken by the Japan Meteorological Agency's MTSAT-2 satellite and provided by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Super Typhoon Usagi heads west-northwest on Sept. 20, 2013 between the Philippines and Taiwan through the Luzon Strait.

The most powerful storm of the year barreled toward the Chinese mainland on Saturday after slamming the Philippine and Taiwanese shorelines with gale-force winds and torrential rains.

Super Typhoon Usagi’s gusts exceeded 163 mph as it moved west through the Luzon Strait; it made landfall on Saturday in the northern Philippines, leading to landslides and widespread power outages, but so far there have been no reports of casualties. The government in Manila had raised its storm warning to its highest level since 2010, according to the Wall Street Journal. China’s main meteorological service issued a “red alert” as Usagi veered toward southern China, with flood alerts for the crucial global manufacturing center that is the Pearl River Delta in Guangdong province, as well as neighboring Fujian province.

On its current path, the typhoon is set to directly hit the coastal metropolis of Hong Kong, which, blessed with one of the world’s most sophisticated storm preparation systems, is already readying for the worst. Leading regional carrier Cathay Pacific has suspended flights, while the city’s busy port traffic has slowed to a halt. Many businesses are expected to remain closed Monday morning.

The super typhoon’s arrival punctuates the Mid-Autumn Festival holiday for many in Hong Kong and elsewhere China. According to the WSJ, despite the impending dangers of the storm, the popular Tsim Sha Tsui shopping district still bustled with eager customers on Saturday.

37 comments
saikhamlern
saikhamlern

Intensity of heavy wind power 175 Km  per hour,Amazing.

wothomas67
wothomas67

Will happen again in time, part of how the earth works.

dbb2016
dbb2016

I don't think they were "blessed" with storm preparedness.  I'm pretty sure they built it themselves. 

JohnWhitehurst
JohnWhitehurst

Why is it titled Super Typhoon, the Global warming game at work. The area has seen worse.

xxbrowneyedgirl7
xxbrowneyedgirl7

Lol...really haven't seen any storm prepping here in Sham Shui Po...although tons of my family have been calling freaking out about it!  I was like, er, what storm is this now? :P 

vandanbury
vandanbury

Lucifer is the enemy, he is doing his worst to man kind, before the second coming gets here. his rein to this world will be over very soon, he will hurt as many as he can , that is why everyone should repent before it is to late ,and  except Jesus as your savoir  you don` have to got to church to say your sorry for your sins it is a relation ship not a religion, Jesus died so your body is your temple you have your own cell phone to Father built in your own body. once you do that you take the mark of Father and get rid of the mark of the beast witch is 6 the number of man.All these weather patterns are in the bible prophecy 4500.00 years ago.How about that for futer tell HAHAHA!!!!!.

ewanlillicii
ewanlillicii

Some unseasonally cool air should help slow this down to around 60mph gusts just in time to avert major damage.

vote4mystory
vote4mystory

Prayers to everyone affected by this for safety and well-being.

rrctanker
rrctanker

I can't tell which is more baffling... your spelling or your message.  Both are atrocious.

JesseSwift
JesseSwift

@vandanburyPeople such as yourself have been saying this for thousands of years and yet it never happens.

MastermindTB
MastermindTB

@BoombaladaB those were the days pre kids - now it's making sure we have wine stocks and videos for kids at my brothers house. :-)

quatra
quatra

@vote4mystory Considering God created this storm, according to your faith, it's not logical for you to pray. What are you praying for? God has his own unfathomable reasons and I don't think he'll reconsider.


vandanbury
vandanbury

@quatra @vote4mystory No Lucifer created this storm and all the other storms, blame him not God, God will be here soon to stop him so pray for him to come soon so this nasty stuff stops happening to all of us, Lucifer wants you to think it is God but the truth is it is him.

blah007
blah007

@quatra @vote4mystory "according to your faith" and what is his faith, mr.-know-it-all. just because he said 'prayers'. gosh, there's always that one person that just HAS to mix in religion in to every topic. and where is he mentioning anything about God?? maybe he is praying to Zeus, trees or Shakira. Loosen up. 

topic is typhoon, not wrath of the Gods. focus.