Hong Kong raises highest warning for Severe Typhoon Hato

Andrew Cummings
August 23, 2017

The weather observatory said the storm would pass within 100 kilometres of Hong Kong Wednesday morning, "posing a considerable threat" to the territory.

Weather authorities raised the No. 10 hurricane signal, the highest level, and said Hato had sustained winds of 165 kilometers an hour (103mph) with gusts to 192 kmh.

At 10 a.m., Severe Typhoon Hato was centered about 60 kilometers south-southwest of Hong Kong Observatory (near 21.8 degrees north 114.0 degrees east) and is forecast to move west-northwest at about 25 kilometers per hour towards the western part of the Pearl River Estuary.

"As Typhoon Hato gradually approaches, flights at the Hong Kong International Airport will be affected all day tomorrow", it said.

According to reports, hundreds of flights and other transport services were canceled and schools were closed.

The Observatory also advised the public to take precautions against high winds and flooding, as winds and rain will strengthen as Hato nears.

A display board showing flights cancelled due to Typhoon Hato is pictured at the downtown airport check-in station in Hong Kong's Central district on Aug 23, 2017.

According to a statement by the Marine and Water Bureau (DSAMA), the ferry services to and from Taipa Ferry Terminal were suspended after 11 p.m. on Tuesday.

There will be no trading in Hong Kong's financial markets on Wednesday morning if the typhoon signal remains at 8 or higher at 9.00am. Trading will be suspended for the whole day if the storm signal is at 8 or higher at noon.

Schools and most of the city's businesses shut when storm signal No. 8 is in force.

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