Date
11 December 2017
The last time Hong Kong was devastated by a super typhoon was 55 years ago, in August 1962, when Wanda wrought havoc on the territory. At least 130 people were killed. Photo: Government Records Service
The last time Hong Kong was devastated by a super typhoon was 55 years ago, in August 1962, when Wanda wrought havoc on the territory. At least 130 people were killed. Photo: Government Records Service

Typhoons that shook Hong Kong since 1946

The Hong Kong Observatory issued Hurricane Signal No. 10 at 9:10 a.m. on Wednesday as Severe Typhoon Hato battered Hong Kong.

This is the first time the highest wind signal has been raised in five years. The last No. 10 storm was issued when Vicente hit in July 24, 2012 and lasted for nearly three hours.

Hato is the 15th typhoon to cause the No. 10 signal since the start of tropical cyclone records in 1946.

Typhoons with No. 10 signal since 1946:

July 18, 1946: No name

September 22, 1957: Gloria

June 9, 1960: Mary

May 19, 1961: Alice

Sept. 1, 1962: Wanda

Sept. 5, 1964: Ruby

Aug. 21, 1968: Shirley

Aug. 17, 1971: Rose

Oct. 14, 1975: Elsie

Aug. 2, 1979: Hope

Sept. 9, 1983: Ellen

Sept. 16, 1999: York

July 24, 2012: Vicente

Aug. 23, 2017: Hato

The last time Hong Kong was devastated by a super typhoon was 55 years ago, in August 1962, when Wanda wrought havoc on the territory. At least 130 people were killed.

The Observatory only issues the No. 10 signal when the sustained wind speed reaches 118 kilometers per hour with gusts exceeding 220 kph.

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