The Meteorological and Geophysical Bureau (SMG) issued a Signal No. 8 alert, the third-highest level, for Typhoon Whipha at 14:00 (local time). As of 16:00, Typhoon Wipha was located approximately 300 km (186 mi) west of Hong Kong.
Schools, financial markets, and businesses have closed before the storm makes landfall, as the storm brings heavy rain, strong wind and stormy seas. Sustained winds of 64 km per hour (40 mph) and gusts of 84 km per hour (52 mph) were recorded.
Delays and cancellations are also expected at Hong Kong International Airport (HKG), though no schedule changes have been reported as of 16:30.
Individuals in areas forecast to be affected by Wipha are advised to monitor local weather reports, adhere to instructions issued by local authorities (e.g. evacuation orders), ensure adequate food, water, battery, and medical supplies, and anticipate significant rainfall, flooding, strong winds, and associated power, telecommunications, and transportation disruptions.
Avoid walking or driving through floodwaters and remember that floodwater may contain wastewater and chemical products
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