Mighty typhoon cripples Philippines, heads towards Hong Kong

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Powerful typhoon Utor hit the northern Philippine island of Luzon in the early hours of August 12, causing the shutdown of schools and businesses in some provinces and residents of the capital Manila to prepare for flooding and damages.

Some provinces were cut off from power while heavy rain and winds with speeds up to 200 km/h grounded passenger ferries and left up to 8,000 travelers stranded. 23 fishermen went missing so far.

The country’s disaster agency said that the typhoon was the strongest storm of the year and was expected to remain over the northern regions on August 12, before moving out to the South China Sea on a path that leads it towards Hong Kong. The Hong Kong Observatory said it would consider raising the No 1 typhoon warning signal later in the day.

The Philippines is battered by an average of 20 typhoons or storms a year, many of them deadly.

The Hong Kong Observatory said that forecasting the intensity of a tropical cyclone can be difficult, meaning everyone across the region should pay “close attention” to this typhoon over the next several days. However, it said it looks like there was potential for the storm to intensify after it pushes over the Philippines and emerges back over warm waters.

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Powerful typhoon Utor hit the northern Philippine island of Luzon in the early hours of August 12, causing the shutdown of schools and businesses in some provinces and residents of the capital Manila to prepare for flooding and damages.

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Powerful typhoon Utor hit the northern Philippine island of Luzon in the early hours of August 12, causing the shutdown of schools and businesses in some provinces and residents of the capital Manila to prepare for flooding and damages.

Some provinces were cut off from power while heavy rain and winds with speeds up to 200 km/h grounded passenger ferries and left up to 8,000 travelers stranded. 23 fishermen went missing so far.

The country’s disaster agency said that the typhoon was the strongest storm of the year and was expected to remain over the northern regions on August 12, before moving out to the South China Sea on a path that leads it towards Hong Kong. The Hong Kong Observatory said it would consider raising the No 1 typhoon warning signal later in the day.

The Philippines is battered by an average of 20 typhoons or storms a year, many of them deadly.

The Hong Kong Observatory said that forecasting the intensity of a tropical cyclone can be difficult, meaning everyone across the region should pay “close attention” to this typhoon over the next several days. However, it said it looks like there was potential for the storm to intensify after it pushes over the Philippines and emerges back over warm waters.

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