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Hong Kong battens down as powerful Typhoon Usagi nears, flights cancelled

Published on Sep 22, 2013 12:08 PM

HONG KONG (REUTERS) - Hong Kong was bracing on Sunday for this year's most powerful typhoon, with government meteorologists warning of severe flooding created by a double whammy of powerful winds and exceptionally high tides.

Typhoon Usagi, the strongest storm to hit the Western Pacific this year, is expected to hit the Asian financial centre late on Sunday and early on Monday.

The Hong King observatory posted a No. 3 signal warning of strong wind late on Saturday and was expected to raise the storm signal later on Sunday.

The storm posed a severe threat to the city, the observatory said.

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