Weakened Vincente swirls through southern China

4:49 PM, Jul 24, 2012   |    comments
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HONG KONG - The strongest typhoon to hit Hong Kong in 13 years has swirled into southern China.

Though it has been downgraded to a tropical storm, it has still led to the evacuation of more than 40,000 people in one Guangdong city. Vincente left Hong Kong midmorning Tuesday, after leaving more than 100 local residents injured.

The stock exchange resumed operations in the early afternoon and flights at Hong Kong airport returned to normal. Chinese state media said that even in its weakened condition the storm could still dump 300mm (12 inches) of rain in Guangxi province, after it passes through Guangdong.

They said that authorities had evacuated more than 42,000 people in the Guangdong city of Maoming, and begun preparations to cope with possible "flash floods, mudslides, landslides and other disasters."

The Associated Press

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