#HonkKong Severe Typhoon #Hato lashed the island on Wednesday leaving flights grounded and trade at a tempor ary standstill at one of Asia’s leading stock exchanges #AceNewsDesk reports

#AceNewsReport – Aug.23: Hurricane-force winds and torrential downpour uprooted trees, flooded some areas and left a trail of debris strewn on city streets #AceNewsDesk reports

The severe storm triggered the territory’s first Typhoon Signal No. 10 in five years — the city’s maximum category warning — as average wind speeds above 73 mph were expected, according to the Hong Kong Observatory. The signal was reduced to eight at 2:10 p.m. local time. #Hato brought maximum sustained winds of up to 107 mph and gusts of up to 139 mph, according to the observatory, though as the storm weakened winds slowed to a sustained 58 mph with gusts of up to 85. It is expected to move towards the western part of the Pearl River Estuary, with the gambling enclave of Macau in its path. The storm has already caused some flooding and significant wind damage. Waves could be seen lashing the seafront in multiple locations, with reports of flooding, upended trees and shattered windows in parts of the city. Streets were quiet throughout the day as most businesses and schools were closed, with broken glass littering empty lanes. Air traffic was widely disrupted, with only a handful of flights able to land at Hong Kong International Airport before the storm approached. Hundreds of flights have been canceled or delayed into the evening. Stock market trading has been suspended for the entire day, according to the Stock Exchange of Hong Kong. The last time a tropical storm forced the suspension of trading for a whole day was in 2016, reports Reuters #AceNewsDesk reports provided by Sterling Publishing & Media News

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