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Typhoon Saola

Hong Kong Braces for Super Typhoon Saola’s Arrival

Super Typhoon Saola is about to make landfall in Hong Kong, and because of this, companies, schools, and even the stock market have been forced to close. Authorities have upgraded the severe wind signal to No. 8.

With wind gusts of more than 200 kmph, this incoming natural juggernaut is expected to go in the direction of eastern Guangdong, a province on the neighbouring Chinese mainland.

The strongest typhoon notice has been issued by Chinese officials due to the coming storm, which indicates that Guangdong may be slammed by one of the strongest typhoons since 1949.

Schools and Markets Close as Typhoon Saola Approaches

The Hong Kong Weather Observatory estimates that Saola will pass within 100 km of the city on Friday, September 1st, at night and on Saturday, September 2nd, around dawn, causing the weather to rapidly deteriorate. In light of this, it’s likely that stronger cyclone warning signals may be judged required as the day goes on.

A five-tier scale is used in Hong Kong’s typhoon warning system, with the numbers 1, 3, 8, 9, and 10 signifying the intensity of the hurricane signal. All schools will be closed on Friday to make room for Saola, which may delay many students’ start of the semester.

In anticipation for the storm, people have flocked to supermarkets and fresh food markets, depleting vegetable supplies and creating long lines at checkout counters. The Hong Kong Observatory has forecasted significant rains and strong gusts, which has caused the city to brace itself. Concerns about possible floods are sparked by the city’s anticipated significant rise in water levels through Saturday.

Typhoon Haikui

Another typhoon Haikui is also moving towards Taiwan; forecasts indicate that it will first make landfall in the northern section of the island before moving on to the city of Fuzhou in eastern China. A tight eye has been kept on Haikui’s development by Taiwan’s Central Weather Bureau.