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Hong Kong raises T8 storm signal as tropical cyclone Wipha skirts the city

The Observatory raised the T8 storm signal at 1:40pm on Wednesday, as tropical cyclone Wipha approaches Hong Kong.

“According to the present forecast track, Wipha will edge gradually closer to the coast of western Guangdong and will be closest to Hong Kong later today, skirting around 300 kilometres to our southwest. Local winds are expected to strengthen this afternoon,” the Observatory said.

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Photo: HKO.

All schools remain suspended.

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Photo: HKO.

“In the past hour, the maximum sustained winds recorded at Tate’s Cairn, Waglan Island and Cheung Chau Beach were 69, 67 and 65 kilometres per hour with maximum gusts 93, 94 and 69 kilometres per hour respectively,” the Observatory added.

MTR lines suffered delays as commuters were sent home from work.

The Hang Seng index was closed early, finishing down 1.31 percent, or 368.75 points, at 27,777.75.

Squally showers and thunderstorms are expected over the coming days.

Hong Kong raises T8 storm signal as tropical cyclone Wipha skirts the city