Typhoon Utor veers closer to Hong Kong and China's southern coast on Wednesday (August 14), forcing airlines to cancel flights and suspending trade at the stock exchange, after leaving a trail of destruction in the Philippines.
The Hong Kong weather observatory raised its No. 8 tropical cyclone signal early on Wednesday morning, its third highest alert level.
Heavy rain and winds of up to 122 km per hour (76 mph) were recorded in parts of Hong Kong, with a number of flights cancelled at the city's international airport.
Financial markets, schools, businesses and non-essential government services close when a No. 8 or above storm signal is hoisted, although the storm was not expected to hit Hong Kong directly, but stray towards the western fringes of China's Guangdong province, nearer to Macau and the island of Hainan.
Hong Kong authorities received reports of fallen trees and one person was admitted to hospital who has since been released.
The government reported 41 people sought refuge in temporary shelters but there were no reports of flooding or landslides.
Some thrill seekers ventured out to the banks of Victoria Harbour to feel the wind.
Utor was the worst typhoon to hit the Philippines this year, killing six people and displacing over 30,000 families as it caused landslides and floods and disrupted power and communications links.