Flights cancelled as Hong Kong prepares for Tropical Storm Koinu

Scores of flights in Hong Kong have been cancelled on Sunday as Tropical Storm Koinu neared the southern Chinese city after leaving one dead and more than 300 injured in Taiwan.

Koinu was expected to skirt about 43 miles from Hong Kong on Sunday night, dumping heavy showers, the Hong Kong Observatory said.

The storm is forecast to move across the coastal waters of neighbouring Guangdong province on Sunday and Monday.

Koinu was packing maximum winds of 55mph and gusts of up to 76mph, according to the observatory.

On Sunday, Hong Kong raised its No. 8 storm signal, effectively shutting the city down with shops and schools closing and reducing frequencies of public transport.

Travellers look at a flights information display
Travellers look at a flights information display which shows some of the flights which have been cancelled at Hong Kong International Airport (Emily Wang/AP/PA)

Koinu had earlier battered Taiwan with heavy winds and strong rain, but later the typhoon had weakened into a tropical storm on its way to southern China.

It comes a month after southern China and Hong Kong were lashed by Typhoon Saola, which triggered Hong Kong’s highest storm signal on a scale of 11.

A week later, Guangdong province and Hong Kong were hit with the heaviest torrential rains in almost 140 years.

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