Hong Kong authorities closed schools on Tuesday and raised the third highest storm warning as a typhoon threatened the financial hub for the second time in less than a week.
Hong Kong’s financial markets will not open on Wednesday if the typhoon signal remains at 8 or higher at 9 am . Some flights and transport services were disrupted in Hong Kong with maximum wind speeds of over 100 km/h recorded.
Heavy rain from Typhoon Kompasu could flood low-lying areas and residents should take precautions, the Hong Kong Observatory said.The typhoon had sustained winds of 83 kilometers per hour (51 miles per hour) and gusts up to 101 kilometers per hour .
The Hong Kong observatory raised the number 8 typhoon signal as severe tropical storm Kompasu moved southeast of the city in the South China Sea, with the signal expected to remain in force at least before sunrise on Wednesday.
Winds were expected to gradually weaken in the afternoon, the observatory said.The typhoon was expected to move across the northern portion of the South China Sea toward China’s southern island province of Hainan and then make landfall in northern Vietnam, the observatory said.