Offices, schools & courts shut as Typhoon Utor lashes Hong Kong
HONG KONG (AP) - A typhoon lashed Hong Kong with wind and rain, closing down the bustling Asian financial centre on Wednesday before sweeping towards mainland China.
Offices, schools and courts shut and the stock market halted trading as Typhoon Utor approached, bringing an eerie calm to the normally bustling southern Chinese commercial hub.
Dozens of flights were canceled and bus and commuter ferry services were curtailed because of the typhoon, which was packing winds gusts of up to 136 kph.
The centre of the storm was about expected to skirt around 250 km southwest of Hong Kong before hitting southern China's Guangdong province.