The Hong Kong Observatory issued the No. 8 typhoon warning this afternoon with tropical cyclone Nalgae approaching the city.
The No. 8 northwest gale or storm signal was issued at 1:40pm.
This means that winds with mean speeds of 63 kilometers per hour or more are expected from the northwest quarter.
“At 6pm, tropical storm Nalgae was centered about 120 kilometers south-southeast of Hong Kong and is forecast to move northwest at about 10 kilometers per hour edging closer to the vicinity of the Pearl River Estuary,” said the city’s meteorological agency.
“According to the latest forecast, Nalgae will edge closer to Hong Kong tonight as compared with the previous forecast and will skirt within 100 kilometers of Hong Kong.”
Under the influence of the rainbands associated with Nalgae, showers over the territory are expected to become more frequent gradually tonight.
The No. 8 gale or storm signal will remain in force before 10pm tonight.
Nalgae will weaken further. Whether the No. 8 gale or storm signal is maintained thereafter depends on the degree of weakening of Nalgae. If Nalgae weakens further into a tropical depression, the observatory will issue a lower tropical cyclone warning signal.
Seas are very rough with swells. Members of the public are advised to stay away from the shoreline and not to engage in water sports.
Earlier in the day, the Education Bureau announced that classes at all schools are suspended today.
The Labour Department reminded employers to make work arrangements for staff during and after tropical cyclone and rainstorm warnings, including arrangements on reporting for duty, release from work, resumption of work and work from home (if applicable).
However, the Global Financial Leaders’ Investment Summit organized by the Hong Kong Monetary Authority, which has been hyped by the government as proof that Hong Kong is “back”, is continuing at the Four Seasons Hotel. The summit features around 200 financiers from around the world.
Editor’s note: The story has been updated with weather information by the Hong Kong Observatory at 6pm.