(NSI News Source Info) HONG KONG - September 15, 2009: More than 50 people were injured in Typhoon Koppu, a storm that roared past Hong Kong Tuesday, emergency workers said.Most of the people taken to hospital were hit by flying objects as the typhoon, packing winds of more than 120 km per hour, whipped the city of seven million people. No one was seriously hurt. (Image: Typhoon Koppu, very strong winds, people rushing back to their shelters)
Schools and offices were closed and ferry services suspended as high winds and heavy rain continued to pummel the city Tuesday morning as the typhoon made landfall in neighbouring southern China.
Storm warnings were lifted late in the morning as the typhoon moved away from the city and Hong Kong's stock market along with most businesses and afternoon schools opened after lunch.
Across the territory, trees and scaffolding were toppled by the storm, which began affecting the city late Monday, and there were reports of localised flooding.
The typhoon came within 140 km of the city around 4 a.m. (2000 GMT Monday) but did not score a direct hit.
Koppu killed three people and injured three when it hit the Philippines as a tropical depression Saturday before being upgraded to a tropical storm and then a typhoon.