Tropical Storm Nuri Swoops Into Hong Kong

HONG KONG — Tropical Storm Nuri battered Hong Kong Friday afternoon as it took a passing swipe at the Chinese territory.

Forecasters expected the storm to pass just north Hong Kong, while still whipping the area with blustery winds.

As Nuri began to move ashore Friday afternoon it packed sustained winds of about 62 mph on Friday afternoon, according to the Joint Typhoon

On mainland China, officials had evacuated about 250,000 people from the coastal area Friday, according to state news agency, Xinhua. Hong Kong schools, government offices and financial offices had been closed.

While Nuri, the region’s 12th tropical storm of the season, is one of the season’s strongest, it had weakened from typhoon status by the time it neared the coast.