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Rains, Wind From Typhoon Nida Shut Down Hong Kong

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People play with overflown water caused by Typhoon Nida in Hong Kong, Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2016.

People play with overflown water caused by Typhoon Nida in Hong Kong, Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2016.

Typhoon Nida weakened to a tropical storm Tuesday, but still had strong winds and heavy rains as it moved away from Hong Kong and further into southern China.

Forecasters said average winds were about 40 to 60 kilometers per hour with the center of the storm in Guangdong province and moving west-northwest Tuesday afternoon.

The storm shut down Hong Kong as it passed through overnight and Tuesday morning, forcing hundreds of flights to be canceled, stock markets to close and people to stay home from work and school.

The Hong Kong Observatory said most of the city received more than 100 millimeters of rain, while the Landua Island section had more than 200 millimeters.

Forecasters expect the storm to weaken further as it moves into Guangxi province by midday Wednesday and near Yunnan province by Thursday.

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