The Hong Kong Observatory has downgraded to strong wind signal No. 3 at 12:4opm on Tuesday. The No. 8 Southwest Gale or Storm signal has been taken down after being in force for more than 12 hours from 8:40pm on Monday.

Typhoon Nida has weakened from a severe tropical storm to a tropical storm, and was 160km northwest away from Hong Kong at noon, according to the Observatory.

The path of Typhoon Nida. Photo: Hong Kong Observatory via Youtube.

The MTR provided limited service during the No. 8 signal in the morning, but increased service to accommodate passengers ahead of the No. 3 signal downgrade. The Kowloon Motor Bus company and the Long Win Bus company resumed service on all routes at 11:30am.

The Airport Authority told HKFP that at least 325 flights departing from and arriving in Hong Kong between 6am to 9pm were rescheduled on Tuesday, and flights will be able to take off “depending on the situation.”

The Hong Kong stock exchange was closed for the first half of the day, and Ocean Park and Disneyland have said that they may reopen around two hours after the No. 8 signal is taken down.

The government received 114 reports of fallen trees by 8:45am on Tuesday. Two men and one woman between the ages of 34 to 55 were sent to the emergency room during the typhoon. The Home Affairs Bureau opened 27 temporary shelters during the typhoon, providing 218 individuals with shelter.

BBC reported that Typhoon Nida was the strongest storm since 1983 in the region. Guangzhou, which was expecting the storm, raised its first-ever red storm alert on Monday.

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Chantal Yuen

Chantal Yuen is a Hong Kong journalist interested in issues dealing with religion and immigration. She majored in German and minored in Middle Eastern studies at Princeton University.