Hong Kong Braces for First Storm This Year as Merbok Nears

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Typhoon Merbok, the second typhoon of the year, made landfall in Shenzhen at around 11 p.m. Monday, according to the National Meteorological Center. Less than an hour later, a family of three and their cab driver sustained minor injuries when the taxi they were in slipped and crashed on the way to the airport.

Transport services across Hong Kong have been returning to normal, as Typhoon Merbok moves away from the city.

The Home Affairs Department of the HKSAR government said it has opened 21 temporary shelters in various districts and 98 people have sought refuge at the shelters.

The thunderstorm, landslide and flood warnings remain in effect after the storm battered the city overnight.

The No. 8 storm signal means that winds with mean speeds of 63kmh or above are expected, with gusts possibly topping 180kmh.

It is expected to make landfall within 100km of Hong Kong around midnight, according to the Observatory.

The Hong Kong Observatory said that the typhoon was about 200km north-northeast of Hong Kong on Tuesday morning and moving at approximately 18km/h across the southern Chinese province of Guangdong.

The Tropical Storm Merbok was estimated to be about 170 km south-southeast of Hong Kong at about 1 pm. As always, avoid shorelines and be mindful of road conditions when traveling.

While the kindergartens and schools for children with physical disability and intellectual disability have already been shutdown, transportation is largely running as usual.

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