The people of Hong Kong, used to seasonal typhoons sweeping the region, spent Wednesday bracing for a tropical storm which in fact skirted the colony by several hundred miles, leaving only bemused tourists wandering the empty streets.
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HONG KONG (Reuter) - Weather forecasters faced a storm of protest from businessmen yesterday after bringing the colony to a 24-hour standstill and losing it millions of pounds over a typhoon warning that proved a false alarm.