Lantau unscathed as Typhoon Nida heads inland

Lantau residents dodged a bullet overnight as Typhoon Nida passed without incident. No injuries or major damage were recorded, Lantau police said.

Across Hong Kong only three people sought hospital treatment, RTHK reports. Hong Kong Observatory replaced the T8 signal with the T3 strong wind warning at 12:50 pm.

Above: Cattle take shelter at the Cheung Sha police base

However, it warns people to stay inside and away from shorelines. It said wind speeds of 106kmh and 76kmh were recorded at Ngong Ping and Green Island this morning.

On Sunday evening Nida was tracking directly towards Lantau, but it shifted course northwards yesterday and made landfall less than 50km northeast of Hong Kong. According to the Observatory:

At 1 p.m., Tropical Storm Nida was estimated to be about 170 kilometres northwest of Hong Kong (near 23.2 degrees north 112.8 degrees east) and is forecast to move west-northwest at about 22 kilometres per hour across inland Guangdong, weakening gradually.

The typhoon shut down the city this morning, with the Hong Kong Stock Exchange suspending trading and schools closing for the whole day.

Transport services are gradually resuming. New Lantao Bus said it would restart South Lantau services after 12:30pm.

New World First Ferry has not made any announcement but is likely to resume regular service soon after the hoisting of the T3.

MTR has been running a reduced service on the Tung Chung line all morning.

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