Hong Kong Escapes Direct Blow From Powerful Storm

HONG KONG (September 22, 2013)—The most powerful typhoon of the year slammed into southern China Sunday after veering away from Hong Kong at the last minute.

The storm made landfall northeast of the former British colony with sustained winds of 109 miles per hour and gusts as high as 132 miles per hour, wreaking havoc on shipping in the region and on airport schedules in Hong Kong, nearby Macau and mainland China.

The storm earlier pummeled parts of the Philippines and Taiwan with heavy rains and fierce winds.

At least two people were killed in the Philippines, where the storm set off landslides and flooded parts of six provinces.

It was downgraded from a super typhoon on Saturday after sustained winds fell to speeds less than 150 miles per hour but was still considered a severe typhoon.

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