Typhoon Wreaks Havoc


Kyllie Brooks

      On September 15 Typhoon Mangkhut hit the Philippines and a day later made landfall in Hong Kong.  The storm had winds up to 109 mph and gusts of 138 mph, the equivalent of a Category Five hurricane. Though the storm weakened before reaching Hong Kong, there were still storm surges up to 11 feet and waves offshore up to 45 feet. The storm, considered the worst storm worldwide this year, resulted in 81 deaths in the Philippines,  and dozens of injuries. Tens of thousands of people were stranded at Hong Kong International Airport. Many people were killed from landslides caused by the storm. Xinhua, a Chinese news agency, reported that 18,327 emergency shelters had been opened and that construction sites/tourist sites had been shut down.