Hong Kong is getting ready, this Tuesday (12), for the arrival of a typhoon, the second in less than a week, accompanied by heavy rains and strong winds.
At 9:00 am GMT (6:00 GMT), tropical storm Kompasu, whose name comes from the word “compass” in Japanese, was located 480 km south of the city, with winds of up to 110 km/h.
The Hong Kong Observatory issued a T8 storm alert, the third highest category, at 5:22 pm local time (6:22 am EDT).
The alert forced the suspension of transport services by boat and interruption of several bus lines, although the subway continued to function.
Schools closed hours earlier, as well as some public offices and private offices.
The new storm comes after a T8 alert issued on Saturday for tropical storm Lionrock, with torrential rain and high winds.
Although the center of the storm lay hundreds of kilometers south of Hong Kong, the alert was held for 22 hours, the longest since 1978.
Many residents were taken by surprise by Lionrock’s ferocity, which began hitting the city with heavy rains on Friday. A woman died when bamboo scaffolding around a residential building collapsed and fell onto a road on a nearby hill.
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