For the latest updates about Super Typhoon Saola, please read this article.

The Hong Kong Observatory will the Strong Wind Signal, No. 3 on at between 3pm and 5pm on Thursday as Typhoon Saola comes within 400 km of the city. The meteorological body will issue a higher tropical warning signal tomorrow.

Saola will maintain its Super Typhoon status as it comes closer to the city on Friday, and is predicted to weaken to a Typhoon by Saturday as it leaves Hong Kong. Current predictions show that the tropical cyclone will be downgraded to tropical storm status by Sunday, as it moves away from the territory.

A screenshot of from the Hong Kong Observatory showing the track of Typhoon Saola with respect to Hong Kong.
The track of Typhoon Saola with respect to Hong Kong (Screenshot from Hong Kong Observatory)

Hong Kong has only had one tropical cyclone this year, when Typhoon Talim hit the city in mid-July. At the time, the observatory raised Gale or Storm Signal No. 8, which was in force for 16 hours. Bus and ferry services were cancelled and the MTR ran at less frequent intervals.

Read our explainer on Hong Kong’s tropical cyclone warning signals and our guide on how to prepare for a typhoon in the city.

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From the Middle East to the Far East and a couple of places in between, Anjali has lived in no fewer than seven cities in Asia, and has travelled extensively in the region. She worked as a lifestyle journalist in India before coming to Hong Kong, where her favourite thing to do is island-hopping with her daughter. You can check out her musings on motherhood, courtesy her Instagram profile.

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