BEIJING (AP) – Hong Kong suspended classes, the stock market and government services in the wake of a typhoon south of the city on Wednesday.
Heavy downpours from Typhoon Kompasu could flood lower areas, the Hong Kong Observatory warned, urging residents to take precautions.
The meteor had sustained winds of 83 km / h (51 mph) with gusts of up to 101 km / h (63 mph). The winds could gradually weaken in the afternoon, the Observatory added.
The typhoon is expected to move through the northern part of the South China Sea towards the island province of Hainan in southern China and make landfall in northern Vietnam, the agency explained.
Kompasu has already caused landslides and flash floods in the northern Philippines, leaving at least 11 people dead and seven missing, authorities said Tuesday.