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Hong Kong’s schools, stock exchange closed due to typhoon

As a typhoon passed south of Hong Kong on Wednesday, classes, stock market trading, and government services were halted.

Typhoon Kompasu’s heavy rains may cause flooding in low-lying areas, so residents should take precautions, according to the Hong Kong Observatory.

With sustained winds of 83 kilometres per hour (51 miles per hour) and gusts up to 101 kilometres per hour, the typhoon was a force to be reckoned with (63 miles per hour).

The observatory predicted that winds would gradually weaken in the afternoon.

According to the observatory, the typhoon was expected to move across the northern South China Sea toward China’s southern island province of Hainan before making landfall in northern Vietnam.

Kompasu earlier set off landslides and flash floods in the northern Philippines, leaving at least 11 people dead and seven missing, officials said Tuesday.

Seven people were injured during the typhoon period, including one person who died later, the government said in a statement on its website, adding that flooding was reported in some areas.

Schools were shut for the second day and government services, including Covid-19 vaccinations, were also suspended, while the Hong Kong Jockey Club dropped its horse racing in Happy Valley on Wednesday night.

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