The Observatory raised the T8 storm signal at 10:40pm on Tuesday, as tropical cyclone Higos skirted Hong Kong. It is set to remain in effect through much of the night.

The Observatory added that Higos will make landfall over the coast of western Guangdong on Wednesday, bringing wind and heavy squally showers and thunderstorms to coastal areas.

“With the anticyclone aloft strengthening, the weather will improve slightly over southeastern China towards the weekend. A broad trough of low pressure is expected to affect the coast of Guangdong early next week,” the Observatory said.

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The maximum sustained winds recorded at Tate’s Cairn as of just after midnight were 89 kilometres per hour with maximum gusts exceeding 111 kilometres per hour.

The Amber Rainstorm Warning Signal was also issued by the Observatory at 11:20 p.m.

During T8 storms, inter-island ferries are suspended, the MTR runs a reduced service and most bus services are cancelled. Schools are suspended and travellers with flights booked are advised to check arrangements with their airlines.

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Tom is the editor-in-chief and co-founder of Hong Kong Free Press. He has a BA in Communications & New Media from Leeds University and an MA in Journalism from the University of Hong Kong. He has contributed to the BBC, Euronews, Quartz, Global Post and others.