Typhoon Vicente forces flight delays and cancellations

Typhoon Vicente forces flight delays and cancellations

Flights were grounded and port operations shut as a severe typhoon battered Hong Kong overnight.

Typhoon Vicente was one of the strongest to hit the city in a decade with winds of up to 87mph and heavy rain.

Sixty flights were cancelled, a further 60 delayed and others diverted late on Monday, aviation authorities said.

Hong Kong's main carrier Cathay Pacific said it planned to resume some flights. But authorities warned that flight disruption could continue as airlines try to clear a backlog of stranded passengers.

The tropical storm warning was briefly raised to the highest level of 10 for the first time in 13 years but downgraded this morning local time as the storm passed.

Strengthening gale-force winds uprooted trees, created huge waves in Hong Kong's Victoria Harbour and sent debris flying, injuring some 30 people. Trading on the Hong Kong stock exchange was temporarily delayed today.

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