Date
6 December 2016
A taxi drives past a big wave on a Hong Kong waterfront during Typhoon Haima Friday. Photo: Reuters
A taxi drives past a big wave on a Hong Kong waterfront during Typhoon Haima Friday. Photo: Reuters

Storm alert lowered to T3 as winds weaken

The Hong Kong Observatory has downgraded the storm alert to signal No. 3 as winds over Hong Kong continue to subside.

Severe tropical storm Haima is continuing to weaken while moving inland into Guangdong.

At 5 p.m., it was estimated to be centered around 160 kilometres north-northeast of Hong Kong, RTHK reports.

The No. 8 signal was in force for more than 11 hours as Haima came within 110 kilometres of a direct hit.

It made landfall in the vicinity of Shanwei in Guangdong province at 1 p.m.

This was the first time the Observatory had issued the No. 8 signal in the month of October in 21 years since Typhoon Sibyl struck on Oct. 3, 1985.

Despite the downgrading of the warning signal, the Education Bureau announced that all evening classes remain suspended.

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