|Issue Type||Severe weather conditions|
Port operations in Hong Kong are currently suspended due to the approach of Typhoon Saola.
The No. 8 Northwest Gale or Storm Signal is in force in Hong Kong.
According to the Hong Kong Observatory, Saola has a well-defined eyewall and compact circulation. The radar imagery depicts that the gales associated with Saola have reached about 70 km east of Hong Kong. Gale winds continue to affect high ground over the territory. As Saola continues to edge closer to Hong Kong, weather will deteriorate rapidly later during daytime today. There will be heavy squally showers and violent winds. The Gale or Storm Signal No. 8 will remain in force for most of today.
As per the present forecast track, Saola will be rather close to Hong Kong tonight and tomorrow morning, skirting within 100 km south of Hong Kong. Depending on changes in local winds, the Observatory will assess the need to issue higher tropical cyclone warning signals around this evening.