Tropical Storm Wipha: Hong Kong remains on alert as storm continues to pass through city

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Although Wipha is moving away from the area, heavy rains are still expected throughout the weekend

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Strong winds and rain were seen on Wednesday as Typhoon Wipha approached the city. Photo: Jonathan Wong

Tropical Storm Wipha was moving away from Hong Kong on Thursday morning, but the No 3 strong wind and amber rainstorm warning signals remained in force.

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Strong winds were still generally affecting the city, with occasional gales over offshore waters and on high ground, according to the Hong Kong Observatory.

The strong wind signal No 3 would remain in force on Thursday morning.


Wipha had brought the year’s first No 8 warning signal, which was downgraded to a No 3 at 11.40pm on Wednesday as the storm continued to pass Hong Kong.
The rainbands associated with Wipha would still bring occasional heavy showers and squalls to the city, along with flooding in some low-lying and poorly drained areas.
People were advised to stay away from the shoreline and low-lying areas, and not to take part in water sports.
The Labour Department reminded employers and contractors they should avoid sending employees to carry out electrical work at places affected by rainstorms.


During the typhoon period, the government call centre received 14 reports of fallen trees with three flooding cases confirmed.
The Observatory said Wipha was at its closest to Hong Kong at 6.45pm on Wednesday, some 300km southwest of the city.