Authorities said that more than two dozen crew members on an engineering vessel with 30 people on board were missing after it split in two in waters off Hong Kong as tropical storm Chaba passed through.
Three crew members were rescued, and search and rescue operations for others were ongoing about 300 kilometers (200 miles) southwest of the city, according to the Hong Kong Government Flying Service.
Some of the crew had abandoned the ship, and they claimed that the harsh weather conditions were impeding rescue efforts.
Chaba skirted the global financial hub, bringing heavy rain and wind, limiting public transportation and forcing many businesses to close.
On Saturday afternoon, the financial center’s weather forecaster reduced the storm warning to signal No. 3 as Chaba approached Zhanjiang in China’s Guangdong province.
The typhoon warning was issued by Hong Kong authorities on Thursday, just as Chinese President Xi Jinping arrived in the city to mark the 25th anniversary of its handover from Britain to China.
The Palace Museum, which was supposed to open on Saturday as part of the 25th anniversary of Hong Kong’s handover to Chinese rule, remained closed.