Hong Kong raises Typhoon Linfa to T8, prepares for impact
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Hong Kong raises Typhoon Linfa to T8, prepares for impact

Hong Kong was battening down the hatches at rush hour Thursday as it braced for a direct hit from Typhoon Linfa, the first of three big typhoons swirling off the Chinese and Japanese coasts to make landfall.

The Hong Kong Observatory raised Linfa to its “T8” storm signal — its third-highest — at 4.40pm local time Thursday.

Packing winds of 130 kilometers per hour (80mph), the typhoon was expected to hit the city of 7 million overnight.

“According to the present forecast track, Linfa is expected to come closest to Hong Kong tonight and tomorrow morning and pose a threat to Hong Kong,” the observatory said on its website.

Twitter users posted images of busy streets and subway stations as people rushed to get home ahead of the impending storm.

Meanwhile, two more typhoons are bearing down on the coasts of China and Japan. Typhoon Chan-hom, with winds of up to 140 kilometres per hour, is veering off northern coast of Taiwan and is expected to make landfall near the Chinese coastal cities of Wenzhou and Taizhou.

Typhoon Nangka is currently heading for the southern coast of Japan.

(READ MORE: Amazing images, videos show the 3 typhoons bearing down on Asia)

Here is some satellite footage of Typhoon Linfa as it heads towards Hong Kong: