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Classes canceled, workers head home as storm hits Hong Kong

July 31, 2019
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Protesters hold umbrellas against strong winds and heavy rain from Tropical Storm Wipha in Hong Kong Wednesday, July. 31, 2019. The Asian financial center of Hong Kong is shutting down as Wipha approaches, bringing heavy rain and gusts of up to 95 kph (60 mph) in some areas. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)
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Protesters hold umbrellas against strong winds and heavy rain from Tropical Storm Wipha in Hong Kong Wednesday, July. 31, 2019. The Asian financial center of Hong Kong is shutting down as Wipha approaches, bringing heavy rain and gusts of up to 95 kph (60 mph) in some areas. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)

HONG KONG (AP) — School classes in Hong Kong were canceled and workers advised to head home early as Tropical Storm Wipha swept by south of the city on Wednesday, bringing heavy rain and winds of up to 95 kilometers (60 miles) per hour in some areas.

The Hong Kong Observatory issued a Tropical Cyclone Warning Signal Number 8, on a scale of 10, in the early afternoon as winds strengthened.

The observatory earlier advised members of the public with long or difficult trips home or who live on outlying islands to begin their journeys immediately. It said arrangements were being made for government workers in the Asian financial center to head home early.

Wipha’s center was passing about 300 kilometers (186 miles) southwest of Hong Kong. It is forecast to barrel into the island province of Hainan and other parts of southeastern China before heading to Vietnam and Laos.

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