Hong Kong braces for tropical storm just days after Hato

Hong Kong braces for tropical storm just days after Hato

Hong Kong braces for tropical storm just days after Hato

Macau's government broadcaster TDM said Typhoon Hato was the strongest to hit the world's biggest gambling centre since 1968.

The unnamed Instagram user poses with the veteran actor in the now-deleted photo that has since gone viral.HONG KONG, Aug 25 - It's not every day that you bump into a screen legend, let alone one lending a helping hand in the aftermath of a category 10 typhoon. Macau has rapidly transformed since 1999 into a gambling hub many times larger than Las Vegas, with major USA casinos piling in.

That's all fine and good - admirable, even - but there's just one problem: the feature appears to have been activated for people listing Shanghai as their city of residence. The typhoon is the strongest storm in 53 years and caused massive damage to the city from strong wind and flooding, as well as leaving major districts without electricity for 24 hours.

Reports of tardiness in raising typhoon signal 8, compared with Hong Kong, do nothing to moderate this view.

Hato hit Hong Kong yesterday, uprooting trees, flooding streets, forcing hundreds of flights to be cancelled and halting financial trading.

"I am shocked with the late notice and lack of preparation that was given for this superstorm".

Fong Soi-kun, the director of Macau's Meteorological and Geophysical Bureau has resigned following the storm.

Exteriors of buildings, including parts of multi-billion dollar casinos, were ripped away by Hato's powerful winds.

Many of Macau's large casinos were relying on back-up generators.

Macau has been rapidly transformed since its return from Portuguese to Chinese rule in 1999 into a gambling hub many times larger than Las Vegas, with major USA casinos piling in.

In Macau, typhoon Hato killed at least nine people and left half the city without water and power, ferry terminals were damaged by the storm, and the roads on remained crammed with traffic and debris.

Hato has since been downgraded to a tropical storm, and is about 680 km west of Hong Kong. Two people have been reported missing.

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