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Typhoon Nuri weakens to severe tropical storm, lands in Hong Kong

Typhoon Nuri weakened to a severe tropical storm as it landed in Hong Kong Friday, bringing strong winds and rainfall but inflicting little damage.

No major destruction was reported, unlike in the Philippines, where Nuri killed seven people and triggered landslides and floods in the north.

But with Nuri landing in Hong Kong late Friday afternoon, the Hong Kong Observatory said it had weakened from a typhoon to a severe tropical storm.

In Hong Kong, eight people suffered light injuries, the government said in a statement. There also were reports of toppled trees, collapsed walls and scaffoldings.

The Hong Kong Observatory issued its second-highest tropical cyclone warning.

Flights, bus and ferry services were canceled, and offices, schools and financial markets were closed.

After crossing Hong Kong, Nuri is forecast is move into the southern Chinese province of Guangdong.

Officials have evacuated 87,000 people and recalled more than 45,000 vessels in Guangdong, the official Xinhua News Agency reported.

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