Typhoon Utor brings gales to Hong Kong on way to China
HONG KONG (AFP) - Offices and public transport shut down in Hong Kong on Wednesday as Typhoon Utor brought gales and heavy rain to the Chinese city after leaving four dead in the Philippines.
Winds gusted over 100 km per hour in Hong Kong where rain lashed down throughout the night and into Wednesday, with a "Number 8" tropical cyclone warning issued - the second highest level.
The government opened 17 temporary shelters and one 26-year-old woman was taken to hospital as a result of the storm, according to the city's hospital authority, which said her condition was stable but had no further details.
Ferry terminals, schools and courts were closed Wednesday morning as Utor skirted 250 km southwest of the city, according to the Hong Kong Observatory.