Super Typhoon Usagi on path of destruction towards Hong Kong and southern China
HONG KONG (AFP) - Super Typhoon Usagi - one of the strongest storms of the year - barrelled towards Hong Kong and southern China on Friday, prompting warnings of fierce winds and torrential rains.
Packing gusts of up to 205 kilometres per hour, the storm is projected to roar between the Philippines and Taiwan before smashing into the southern Chinese coast later at the weekend.
"It is the strongest typhoon in the west Pacific region this year," a weather forecaster at the Taiwan Central Weather Bureau told AFP.
Philippines authorities issued a signal four alert for the Batanes island group in the extreme north of the country, warning large trees could be uprooted, plantations flattened, and power and communications infrastructure knocked out.