Typhoon signal dropped after 5.5 hours as Linfa weakens

July 10, 2015 09:05
Typhoon Linfa briefly cast a pall over Hong Kong but left no damage. Photo: Reuters

The Hong Kong Observatory's No. 8 typhoon signal hoisted Thursday afternoon was one of the most short-lived ever, lasting only five-and-a-half hours.

The observatory, which expected typhoon Linfa to bring heavy rain and strong winds to the city, replaced the signal with the No. 3 strong wind signal at 10:10 p.m. after Linfa was downgraded to a severe tropical storm.

Linfa has gradually moved away from Hong Kong, leaving the city unscarred, Apple Daily reported Friday.

The observatory hoisted the No. 3 signal at 8:40 a.m. Thursday as Linfa approached, then replaced it with the No. 8 signal for the first time this year at 4:40 p.m.

However, Linfa unexpectedly weakened after it made landfall in eastern Guangdong province.

Linfa was forecast to be closest to Hong Kong on Thursday night and Friday morning, prompting the government to suspend classes at kindergartens and schools Thursday.

The MTR increased its rail and bus service frequencies to meet passenger demand, as many workers, including civil servants, left work earlier than usual Thursday afternoon after the typhoon signal was raised.

The sudden surge of commuters resulted in MTR stations being packed and road traffic being disrupted.

Meanwhile, typhoon Chan-hom, which is approaching Taiwan, has prompted the island to close financial markets, offices and schools Friday.

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