On Wednesday, Typhoon Hato brought with it a heavy downpour and high winds, leading to a cease in operations at the port of Hong Kong.
According to South China Morning Post, the Number 10 signal (the highest level), was first raised at 9.10am on Wednesday and remained in place until just after 2pm. The Observatory cancelled its tropical cyclone signals at 8.40pm on Wednesday, after downgrading the alerts gradually throughout the afternoon.
Sources confirmed that Hong Kong’s port authority stopped all operations and vessels were not permitted to enter the port. In addition, all ferries to Hong Kong’s outlying islands and Macau were suspended.
SAR assistance was sought out by a number of vessels in the vicinity. Also, in the residential community of Discovery Bay, the Uha 1 cargo vessel was reported to be driven aground. The crew swam to shore after abandoning the vessel. Further, in mainland China, damage to a terminal due to the storm led to cancellation of the popular passenger service to Zhuhai.