Typhoon batters Hong Kong after drenching the Philippines

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Aug 24 2017 12:30 AM

After drenching Luzon island in the Philippines for days and causing floods in Metro Manila, tropical storm Isang (typhoon Hato) battered Hong Kong Wednesday, closing schools and offices and canceling hundreds of international flights.

Typhoon Hato was given the highest storm category signal of 10, the first in five years, with winds of up to 155kph and heavy rainfall exceeding 30mm.

The typhoon virtually shut down one of Asia's biggest financial centers with the stock exchange suspended and most businesses closed.

A piece of debris carried by winds from Typhoon Hato is blown across Victoria harbour as dark skies hover over the Hong Kong island skyline on Wednesday. Anthony Wallace, AFP

A man tries to walk along the prominade in Tsim Sha Tsui against winds from Typhoon Hato as dark skies hover over the Hong Kong island skyline on Wednesday. Anthony Wallace, AFP

A man holds onto a lamp post against strong wind as Typhoon Hato hits Hong Kong on Wednesday. Tyrone Siu, Reuters

People walk through a flooded street in the Heng Fa Chuen area as Typhoon Hato hits Hong Kong on Wednesday. Anthony Wallace, AFP

A damaged construction crane is seen atop an unfinished building near Lohas Park as Typhoon Hato hits Hong Kong on Wednesday. Aaron Tan, AFP

A flooded playground is seen after Typhoon Hato hits Hong Kong on Wednesday. Tyrone Siu, Reuters

A woman takes a photo of a flooded carpark after rains from Typhoon Hato hit Hong Kong on Wednesday. Anthony Wallace, AFP

Waves triggered by Typhoon Hato are seen in Hong Kong on Wednesday. Tyrone Siu, Reuters

A man wades through floodwaters away from his car after heavy rains brought on by Typhoon Hato in Hong Kong on Wednesday. Anthony Wallace, AFP

Rubbish and styrofoam are being washed up onto the pavement as Typhoon Hato hits Hong Kong on Wednesday. Tyrone Siu, Reuters