T8 signal hoisted as Hato moves closer to HK

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Classes and work are suspended this morning after the Hong Kong Observatory issued the Storm Signal no. 8 before 6 a.m. today.

“This means that winds with mean speeds of 63 kilometres per hour or more are expected from the northeast quarter,” the HKO said in its latest bulletin.

Typhoon Hato is expected to make landfall at around 100 kilometres to the west of Hong Kong this afternoon.

The number 8 gale or storm signal will remain in force for most of the time during the day.

“If Hato edges even closer or intensify, it will pose considerable threat to Hong Kong. The chance of issuing a higher signal cannot be ruled out,” the HKO said.

Winds and rains will strengthen when the typhoon moves closer to Hong Kong.

The HKO reminded members of the public to take all precautions against high winds and flooding.

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