Hong Kong closed schools and temporarily suspended stock market trading and government services as the storm passed through the southern part of the city Wednesday (13/10).
Heavy rains from hurricane Kompasu could inundate low-lying areas and residents should take various precautions, the Hong Kong Weather Administration said.
The storm was accompanied by winds of 83 kilometers per hour and gusts of up to 101 kilometers per hour.
Wind strength is expected to weaken gradually in the afternoon, the agency said.
The storm is expected to move across the northern part of the South China Sea towards South China’s Hainan province, and then make landfall in northern Vietnam.
Kompasu earlier triggered landslides and flash floods in the northern Philippines, killing at least 11 people and leaving seven others missing. [ab/uh]