Thursday, August 14, 2014

In the eye of the storm: Typhoons in Hong Kong

Each year some of the world’s most dramatic storms form over the Pacific Ocean before churning across the sea and slamming into the coast of southern China. Measuring hundreds of kilometres in diameter, these meteorological giants can dump immense amounts of rain and pack winds of up to 260 kilometres an hour. Over decades Hong Kong has adapted to cope with typhoons, but the city still grinds to a halt when a monster roars in. Here we look at some of the most dramatic and deadly storms of the last 140 years, and consider what can be learned from the destruction and recovery.

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