In the past few hours, Higos took on a more northwesterly track and intensified. Higos will be closest to Hong Kong within the next couple of hours, skirting about 100 kilometres to the southwest of the Hong Kong Observatory. The winds over the territory are expected to strengthen further. The Gale or Storm Signal, No. 8 will remain in force for a period of time tomorrow morning (19 August). Members of the public are reminded to note the latest weather information before departing tomorrow morning.
Seas are very rough and there are swells. Members of the public are advised to stay away from the shoreline and not to engage in water sports.
Owing to storm surge, some low-lying areas may have flooding or backflow of seawater tomorrow morning.
In the past hour, the maximum sustained winds recorded at Waglan Island, Tate’s Cairn and Tap Mun were 73, 72 and 64 kilometres per hour with maximum gusts exceeding 94, 100 and 79 kilometres per hour respectively.
At midnight, Severe Tropical Storm Higos was centred about 100 kilometres south of Hong Kong Observatory (near 21.4 degrees north 114.1 degrees east) and is forecast to move northwest or west-northwest at about 20 kilometres per hour towards the vicinity of the coast to the west of the Pearl River Estuary.
(Precautionary Announcements with No. 8 Signal)
- Complete all precautions in your home. Lock all windows and doors, insert reinforced shutters and gates if they are available. Drains should be cleared of leaves and rubbish as soon as possible.
- Do not stand near windows on the exposed side of your home. Make sure you have a safe place to shelter, should windows be broken.
- Owners of neon signs should switch off the electricity supply to the signs.
- Please listen to radio or watch TV for the latest weather information broadcast. You can also browse the Hong Kong Observatory’s website and mobile app for the information.