129 Hurt in Hong Kong Typhoon

City sets highest warning level in 13 years
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Jul 24, 2012 12:03 AM CDT
Stranded travelers sleep after a flight cancellation as typhoon Vicente shuts down Hong Kong International Airport early today.   (AP Photo/Gregory Payan)
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(Newser) – Amid vicious winds and rain, Hong Kong last night raised its highest-level typhoon warning for the first time in 13 years. Some 129 people were injured in the storm; no deaths have been reported. But 60 flights were cancelled, and much of the city closed as Typhoon Vicente knocked down some 1,000 trees and triggered major flooding. Temporary shelters around the city have taken in hundreds of people, CNN reports.

The storm blew in yesterday, getting stronger by the hour. Schools were closed and the Hong Kong Stock Exchange's opening was delayed today. Now a tropical storm, Vicente has arrived in southern mainland China, where authorities, bracing for floods and mudslides, have ordered 42,000 people to evacuate, AP reports.

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