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Hong Kong Downgrades Typhoon Signal, Resumes Public Transport

Aug. 17 (Bloomberg) -- Hong Kong lowered its tropical cyclone warning to Strong Wind Signal No. 3, the second-lowest level, as Typhoon Kai-tak moved away from the city toward China.

Kai-tak was estimated to be about 350 kilometers (217 miles) west-southwest of Hong Kong at 9 a.m. and was forecast to move toward China’s Leizhou Peninsula, the city’s observatory said on its website.

The government hasn’t received any reports of flooding or landslides, while a total of 40 flights have been delayed or canceled, it said in an e-mailed statement at 7 a.m. local time. Public transport has resumed gradually, it said.

Last month, Typhoon Vicente, the most serious storm to hit Hong Kong since 1999, felled trees throughout the city and damaged a coal conveyor belt at a CLP Holdings Ltd. power station. Plastic pellets owned by China Petroleum and Chemical Corp. spilled into the city’s waters from a ship during the storm, affecting fishermen.

There were six reports of tree damage received as of this morning, the city’s government said. The education bureau said kindergartens and special schools will remain closed for the day.

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