On August 1, the Hong Kong Observatory issued Tropical Cyclone Warning Signal Number 8 as Typhoon Nida approached the city. After the typhoon, residents found trash washed up on many of Hong Kong’s beaches.

Photo: Torben Kristensen.

Local photographer Martin Williams even made a video of a “weird alien blob” attacking Hong Kong beaches after the typhoon, shot in Cheung Chau.

Typhoon Nida weakened from a severe tropical storm to a tropical storm on Tuesday.

Photo: Torben Kristensen.

The Observatory downgraded to strong wind signal No. 3 in the afternoon, and the No. 8 Southwest Gale or Storm signal was taken down after being in force for more than 12 hours.

Photo: Torben Kristensen.

Local photographer Torben Kristensen took photos of the aftermath at Big Wave Bay and posted them on Facebook.

Photo: Torben Kristensen.

There were also reports of trash at Discovery Bay, Tuen Mun, and Ap Lei Chau following the storm.

Photo: Torben Kristensen.
Photo: Torben Kristensen.
Photo: Torben Kristensen.
Photo: Torben Kristensen.
Photo: Torben Kristensen.
Photo: Torben Kristensen.
Photo: Torben Kristensen.
Photo: Torben Kristensen.
Photo: Torben Kristensen.
Photo: Torben Kristensen.
Photo: Torben Kristensen.

A beach cleanup event was hosted by environmental group Hong Kong Cleanup at 9am on Saturday at Tai Long Wan on Lantau Island. The group also promoted a petition calling on the government to implement laws on refundable deposits for plastic bottles on its Facebook page.

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Gene Lin is a Journalism and Computer Science student at The University of Hong Kong. He worked as a reporter for the 'LIVE: Verified Updates' during the Occupy Central protests. He is also an editor at HKU's first English-language student paper, The Lion Post.