THE THAI Meteorological Bureau issued a warning this afternoon (August 18) that Tropical Storm Higos will soon be making a landfall at Guangdong, China, while Hong Kong is considering issuing the No 8 typhoon signal tonight.
At 4 p.m. Higos, located at latitude 21.1 degrees north and longitude 115.2 degrees east with maximum sustained winds of about 65 km/hr, was moving in a west-northwest direction at a speed of 25 km/hr.
It is expected to make a landfall in Guangdong either tomorrow or the day after and is currently 170 km southeast of Hong Kong.
At the same time a monsoon trough that lies across Myanmar, upper Laos and upper Vietnam will move and spread across upper North and upper Northeast Thailand during August 20-23.
Meanwhile the Hong Kong Observatory said it would consider issuing the No 8 typhoon signal between 10 p.m. and midnight tonight as Higos edged closer to the city and intensified, Yahoo News quoted South China Morning Post newspaper as saying
“According to the present forecast track, Higos will skirt within about 150 km to the southwest of Hong Kong tonight and tomorrow morning. As Higos has adopted a track closer to Hong Kong and also intensified, local winds may strengthen further overnight. The Observatory will consider issuing the Gale or Storm Signal No 8 between 10 p.m. and midnight.”
Top: A satellite map of Higo shared by the Weather Underground.