Super typhoon Usagi bears down on Hong Kong

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The strongest storm of the year, with winds of up to 160 miles per hour, is on track to make landfall this Sunday.

Super Typhoon Usagi grew from being a tropical storm to a category five hurricane — the highest level on the scale. The storm’s winds have increased by about 85 miles per hour in less than a day, also giving Usagi one of the fastest intensification rates on record.

The hurricane is moving through the western Pacific Ocean. As it approaches, officials in Taiwan and the Philippines have issued alerts for flash flooding, landslides and heavy rainfall. The Philippines has even evacuated northern coastal villages and suspended ferrying services.

Usagi is ultimately heading in the direction of Hong Kong and could have a devastating impact on the coastal province. China’s National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council is tracking the storm and believes it will hit the city after 8:00 PM on Sunday, September 22.

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