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Wednesday, 24 September 2008

by Anni Lam

Tropical cyclone Hagupit which originated from the northern Philippines yesterday had moved across Macau but was estimated to be scaled down to the lower typhoon signal No. 3 by 7:00 am this morning.


Yesterday the typhoon slammed into Macau which led to around 20 cases of trees and scaffolding falling down, as well as flood and water inversions in the inner harbour within four hours of the hoisting to signal No. 8. A technician at the weather bureau told the Macau Daily Times that the typhoon was moving at a rate of 25 km per hour to strike across the city. She also stated that the highest speed recorded was at 30 km per hour in the morning yesterday. In addition, the greatest force of the typhoon was seen between midnight and 2:00 am.
At 19:15 pm, the weather bureau hoisted the typhoon signal to number 8 and suspended three bridges and various transportation services. The lower deck of the Sai Van Bridge also opened to drivers at 20:15 pm. The CotaiJet, First Ferry and Turbojet along with various flights were suspended due to the tropical cyclone. According to the spokesperson of the police, by 23:00 pm , no injury cases had been reported. Hugupit was estimated to land on the west cost of Guangdong province this morning. The typhoon also took the life of one person in the Philippines and displaced 2,000 people while disrupting ferry services.
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