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Typhoon Hato leaves destruction across southern China, Macau and Hong Kong

Staff Writer |
Typhoon Hato, a maximum category 10 storm, slammed into Hong Kong yesterday, hitting the city with wind and rain that uproote in some places, big waves flooded seaside streets.

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An 83-year-old man died in Hong Kong after he fell into the sea, police said, and more than 80 were injured, while in the city of Macau, across the Pearl River estuary, five people were killed and 153 hurt.

In Hong Kong, more than 450 flights were cancelled, financial markets suspended and schools closed as Hato bore down, the first category 10 storm to hit the city since 2012.

Many skyscrapers in the usually teeming streets of Hong Kong were empty and dark as office workers stayed at home.

Hato, which means "pigeon" in Japanese, churned up Hong Kong's Victoria Harbour and triggered large swells and big waves on some of the city's most popular beaches, with serious flooding in low-lying areas.

The authorities downgraded the storm to a category three by late afternoon, with government services, the courts, financial markets and companies set to resume normal business today.


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