17 July 2023

Schools and stock market closed as Typhoon Talim sweeps south of Hong Kong

17 July 2023

Schools and the stock market have closed in Hong Kong as Typhoon Talim swept south of the city.

As the financial hub braced for rainy and windy weather, more than 100 people sought refuge at temporary shelters.

Some government and ferry services were halted and various events were postponed, while the city’s airport authority said 16 flights were cancelled.

The Hong Kong Observatory raised a No 8 typhoon signal, the third-highest warning under the city’s weather system, early on Monday.

It was the first warning of its kind issued this year.

As Talim – with maximum sustained winds of 87mph — gradually moved away from Hong Kong in the afternoon, the observatory downgraded its warning for the city.

China’s National Meteorological Centre forecast the typhoon would make landfall in neighbouring Guangdong province and Hainan province on Monday night, before entering the Gulf of Tonkin and striking land again in the Guangxi region on Tuesday.

Talim is expected to weaken on Wednesday in Vietnam, it said.

In Hong Kong, the government received 32 reports of fallen trees and two reports of floods.

Residents were urged to stay away from the shoreline, the observatory said.

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