Flights off as Maria hits Taiwan

Local | Staff Reporter and Reuters 11 Jul 2018

Hong Kong airlines have been forced to cancel flights as Taiwan suffered the wrath of super typhoon Maria yesterday.

The typhoon hit Taiwan's northern region the hardest and will continue to move in a west-northwesterly direction at 30 kilometers an hour from Yilan County.

Maria will be within 800 kilometers of Hong Kong this morning, and will be at its closest to the city - about 600km away - in the early hours tomorrow.

By 5pm yesterday, 22 flights between Hong Kong and Taipei had been canceled, while 21 flights were delayed, the Airport Authority said.

These included 10 flights from Cathay Pacific and Cathay Dragon. Seven were between Hong Kong and Taipei, two between Hong Kong and Okinawa and one from Hong Kong to Taichung.

Six flights from the two airlines were canceled today, including five from Taipei and one from Taichung. Four flights between Hong Kong and Fuzhou were delayed yesterday and today.

In Taiwan, troops were deployed in some areas where heavy rain and wind are expected today. Fishermen in the northern city of Keelung tied up their boats.

The government ordered schools and businesses to close early.

Although Maria will not hit the SAR, it will bring very hot weather to the coast of Guangdong.

Hong Kong will have temperatures of 33 degrees today and higher in the New Territories, says the Observatory.

However, the stifling weather will give way to showers and thunderstorms later in the week.

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