Typhoon Vicente moves away from HK

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HONG KONG, July 24 (Xinhua) -- As Typhoon Vicente is moving away from Hong Kong, the Hong Kong Observatory lowered Tropical Cyclone warning to Signal No. 1 Tuesday afternoon.

Severe Tropical Storm Vicente has weakened into a tropical storm, the Hong Kong Observatory said. At 4 p.m., Vicente was estimated to be about 410 kilometers west of Hong Kong (near 22.9 degrees north latitude 110.2 degrees east longitude) and is forecast to move west at about 22 kilometers per hour crossing Guangxi and weaken further.

As Vicente continues to move inland and tracks further away from Hong Kong, local winds weaken further. However, winds are still occasionally strong over the waters over western Hong Kong with occasional gales on high ground at first.

Service of public transport in Hong Kong has gradually resumed normal.

According to the Hospital Authority, a total of 129 people, including 56 males and 73 females, have sought medical treatment at the Accident and Emergency Departments at public hospitals.

On landslip case, seven flooding cases and 580 reports of fallen trees were received by the Development Bureau.

The Home Affairs Department has so far opened 24 temporary shelters and 268 people have sought refuge at the shelters.

The Airport Authority Hong Kong reported that from midnight to Tuesday morning, 60 flights have been canceled, 60 delayed and 16 diverted to other places.

The storm approached Hong Kong on Monday, and the Observatory raised the No. 8 signal just before 6 p.m. The storm intensified and moved closer, prompting the Observatory to raise the signal to No. 9 at 11:20 p.m., and then to No. 10 (the highest level of Hurricane Signal) at 00:45 Tuesday morning. Enditem

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