Tropical Storm Lashes Hong Kong, Killing 2

Tropical Storm Helen lashed the Hong Kong area with 55 mph winds Saturday, leaving two people dead and dozens injured.

Driving wind and rain closed most shops and businesses, including gold and currency exchanges. At the height of the storm, bus and ferry services were suspended, and at least 78 flights were delayed, diverted or canceled at Hong Kong’s airport.

In the Chinese city of Shenzhen, which borders this British colony, two people died and two others were injured when a huge billboard fell on them, the China News Service reported. At least 28 other people were injured in separate incidents.

The storm hit the Chinese coast 30 miles east of Hong Kong Saturday morning, dumping 4 inches of rain on the colony.

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