Students were relieved school was cancelled yesterday, with many expressing safety concerns and reporting difficulty travelling due to the damage caused by Typhoon Mangkhut over the weekend. The storm was the most intense to hit Hong Kong since records began in 1946.
Most students said that even if their school had been open, they would have had a tough time getting there because most public transport, including franchised buses and rail services, had not fully resumed services.
Mimi Wong, 15, from HKMA K. S. Lo College, said it was difficult to get anywhere from her home in Tin Shui Wai. “Many trees have fallen in the area and there are disruptions to the transport system. I can’t take the LRT [Light Rail Transit],” she said.
She said her family prepared for the typhoon by putting tape on the windows, and there had not been any major damage.
Zachary Perez Jones, 13, from South Island School, said he saw a lot of damage near his home in Discovery Bay, including smashed windows and a flooded ferry pier. However, he thinks Hong Kong is very efficient in dealing with the aftermath of a storm.
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“I usually take the MTR to school so I won’t have that many problems getting to school. The MTR fixed the broken portion of the track near my station overnight; it goes to show how well organised Hong Kong is after a typhoon,” Zachary said.
Typhoon Mangkhut, which shut down the city for an entire day, was classified as a super typhoon when it triggered the No 8 signal at 1.10am on Sunday. It had weakened slightly into a severe typhoon when the signal was upgraded to No 9 six hours later, before being raised to the highest level of 10 at 9.40am.
At its most intense stage, maximum wind speeds near the centre of the storm clocked in at 195km/h, making it the most powerful since Typhoon Hope in 1979, and stronger than Super Typhoon Hato last year.