Hong Kong: Fierce winds hit Hong Kong early on Tuesday (August 2) but no major damage occurred as Typhoon Nida weakened and moved onto mainland China. The typhoon was downgraded into severe tropical storm. ['Strongest typhoon since 1983' hits Hong Kong]
However, Nida and the accompanying heavy rain shut down most of the financial hub and disrupted over 150 flights and flood alerts were raised in the low-lying areas. Several passengers were left stranded at the airport and over 300 flights were likely to be rescheduled, Reuters reported. Several trains and buses were also cancelled. Ferry and tram services were also affected.
Concerns were expressed over the fact that the Hong Kong is a port city and there were fears if high waves in the sea could inflict more damage.
Typhoon Nida is Hong Kong's first major typhoon in 2016.
Nida was gradually moving to the inland areas of Guangdong and winds near its centre showed signs of weakening, according to the Hong Kong Observatory, Reuters added.
Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing Limited said the morning trading in its market had been delayed due to the issuance of Typhoon Signal No. 8, Reuters added.
It was later downgraded to T3.