Typhoon Nida shuts down city of Hong Kong


HONG KONG, China – Typhoon Nida, currently a Signal 8 storm, is barreling down on Hong Kong bringing winds up to 93 miles per hour and heavy rains. Everything is shut down including all flights in and out of the city and high-speed trains. Most streets are empty, schools have been closed, and shelters have been open.

More than 180 flights have been cancelled in and out of the city from Monday through Tuesday, reported Hong Kong Airport Authority.

Cathay Pacific Airways and Dragonair reported that all flights scheduled to go through Hong Kong between 10 p.m. local time Monday until 2 p.m. Tuesday have been suspended.

Hong Kong Airlines has advised passengers to check flight status on the websites of Hong Kong Airport and Hong Kong Airlines, or contact the Hong Kong Airlines Call Center: Hong Kong: (852) 3916 3666, Mainland China: 950715, Taiwan: 00801853033

Flights and train service may resume tomorrow depending on the effects of the storm. Right now, the China Meteorological Administration has issued a red alert – the highest warning level.