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Hong Kong area braced for typhoon

Hong Kong has closed offices and transportation services as a typhoon passes by the Asian financial centre.

The stock market in the southern Chinese territory has been closed. Flights have also been cancelled and bus and ferry services curtailed as Typhoon Utor approached.

Winds gusted up to 139 kilometres an hour (86 miles an hour). The centre of the storm was expected to skirt around 250 kilometres (155 miles) south-west of Hong Kong before hitting southern China's Guangdong province.

One person in Hong Kong was reported injured. Some 94 flights at the city's airport have been cancelled, while another 107 are delayed.

Utor was this year's strongest typhoon globally before it crossed the Philippines earlier this week. Six deaths occurred in the northern Philippines.

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