EFEHong Kong

Typhoon Haima left 13 people injured in Hong Kong on Friday, toppling nearly 200 trees and bringing the city to a standstill for 11 hours.

The Hong Kong Observatory had issued a Level-8 storm warning, the third-highest, ahead of Haima, which brought winds of 105 kph (65 mph) to this bustling metropolis.

Haima made landfall 110km (68 miles) from Hong Kong in the southern Chinese city of Shanwei, according to the Observatory.

Strong winds and intense bursts of rain injured 13 people in Hong Kong and forced 219 others to seek refuge in temporary shelters set up by the local government.

The tropical storm brought down 197 trees and caused the cancellation or delay of 738 flights at Hong Kong's airport, according to officials.

Government offices and schools remained shut.

The Hong Kong stock market suspended operations for Friday and most businesses opted to remain shut for the better part of the day.

Public transport was almost at a standstill, except for the metro, which remained partially functional.

Normal life began to resume after 5:00 pm with the downgrading of the warning to Level-3.

Haima arrived in Hong Kong after battering the Philippines, where the storm left a dozen people dead and devastated large areas.