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Hong Kong Cancels Typhoon Signal as Nalgae Heads to China

October 03, 2011

Oct. 3 (Bloomberg) -- Hong Kong canceled all typhoon signals and replaced them with a strong monsoon warning as Severe Tropical Storm Nalgae, which killed at least one person and flooded nine towns and cities in the Philippines, headed toward China.

The storm was estimated to be about 520 kilometers (323 miles) south of Hong Kong as of 7 p.m. local time, the Hong Kong Observatory said in a statement on its website. The typhoon signals were canceled at 7:10 p.m.

Nalgae, was forecast to move toward the northern part of the South China Sea at about 14 kilometers per hour five days after Typhoon Nesat, the strongest to hit China this year, prompted the city to raise its highest storm signal in two years and shut financial markets, schools, courts and government offices.

Disaster authorities in the Philippines issued their strongest storm warning for 10 provinces as Nalgae struck the main island of Luzon Oct. 1, four days after Nesat caused at least 50 deaths and $137 million in damage to crops and infrastructure in the island nation.

Nesat, which swept past Hong Kong Sept. 29, felled trees, ripped bamboo scaffolding from buildings and forced the city’s stock exchange to shut. It destroyed 2,200 homes, damaged 6,100 others and rendered 3,620 hectares of cropland “useless” in China, the official Xinhua News Agency said in a Oct. 1 report.

--Editor: Mohammed Hadi

To contact the reporters on this story: Marco Lui in Hong Kong at mlui11@bloomberg.net; Bei Hu in Hong Kong at bhu5@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Hwee Ann Tan at hatan@bloomberg.net


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