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‘Severe’ Typhoon Vicente hits Hong Kong

Last Updated: Tuesday, July 24, 2012 - 12:39

Zeenews Bureau

Hong Kong: A severe typhoon struck Hong Kong late on Monday that left at least 129 people injured.

The strong gale-force winds and rain of the typhoon affected the area severely and over 268 people were displaced and housed in temporary shelters constructed by the government. There were also reports of over 100 trees felling in the wake of strong winds.

When the typhoon struck the area on Monday night, the storm warning was raised to the top level of 10, highest in 13 years, but was later downgraded to number 3, allowing public transportation services to resume on Tuesday. A No. 3 signal indicates persistent strong winds blowing at 41-62 kilometers per hour, with gusts that may exceed 110 kilometers per hour.
Due to the typhoon, schools were closed, flight services were affected and the opening of the the Hang Seng Stock Exchange was delayed on Tuesday.

Even though the typhoon was forecast to move away from Hong Kong across western Guangdong, the Hong Kong Observatory warned that gale force winds were still prevailing on Tuesday morning.

(With Agency Inputs)

First Published: Tuesday, July 24, 2012 - 12:11

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