These Videos Of Typhoon Hato Battering Hong Kong Will Send A Chill Down Your Spine

Typhoon Hato is a maximum category 10 storm.

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Hong Kong is being lashed by tropical typhoon Hato, the first category 10 storm to hit the Asian financial hub since 2012

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Typhoon Hato's strong gusts that reached more than 120km per hour, have flooded the streets, uprooted trees, and damaged scores of buildings.

Hundreds of flights have been cancelled, trading in financial markets is suspended and schools and most businesses there have been closed.

While Hong Kong suffers regular tropical storms between July - October, Typhoon Hato that has so far killed three people is by far the worst.

According to the Hong Kong Observatory, Hato brought maximum sustained winds of up to 172kmph and gusts of up to 224kmph

As these photos show, strong winds and waves caused significant damage all around, and while people were warned to stay indoors, not all heeded the warnings.

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The waves reached as high as 26 feet, crashing into the windows of apartments on the lower floors of the residential estate Heng Fa Chuen in the eastern coastal area of Hong Kong Island

Strong winds made construction equipment go flying around, crashing into buildings, smashing windows in the residential estate on the Kowloon peninsula. Check out the videos below:

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As these videos show, strong winds send a group of people flying into each other and powerful gusts throws off parked vehicles:

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However, amid the havoc and flooding caused by Typhoon Hato, some residents found kayaking to be an effective way to get around

Posted by 第三頻道 Channel3 (香港政研會附屬) on Tuesday, 22 August 2017

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