Many commercial buildings suffered a severe blow, with windows being blown out of their frames, including the Harbour Grand Kowloon hotel and the 25-floor-high One Harbourfront building in Hung Hom.One video taken by a resident in Tai Kok Tsui showed a crane from a nearby apartment block under construction falling down to the ground, while another showed part of an old residential building in Tai Kok Tsui collapsing. Meanwhile, one city dweller captured the scene of a metal ceiling of a refuge collection hut in Sau Mau Ping being completely blown away. Despite these harrowing scenes which resemble something from a disaster movie, Hong Kong managed to avoid serious casualties. More than 200 people were treated at hospitals during the storm, but the main damage is to the city itself, which now faces a long and difficult road to recovery following extensive flooding, building collapse, and travel disruption across all forms of public transport, including the cancellation of nearly 900 flights.
As a precaution, all schools will remain closed on Monday, while several universities have also cancelled their classes due to extensive damage and blocked roads.As the Airport Authority prepares to spend a couple of days clearing the backlog of cancelled flights, the rest of the city will be picking up the pieces of what will be remembered as the most powerful typhoon to ever hit Hong Kong. And, as always, the monster decided to strike the city on a Sunday, meaning that for most of us, it's back to our desks this Monday morning. Typical!
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