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Hong Kong is bracing for the strongest storm to hit the city in the last 5 years as Super Typhoon Saola heads directly towards the financial hub.

The local observatory issued the No. 8 storm signal, its third-highest warning, at 2:40 a.m. today and plans to keep it at that level for most of the day. That means Hong Kong’s USD 5 trillion stock market will be temporarily shut, schools will not open and most public transportation will be grounded. All flights will be canceled until further notice.

Chief Secretary Chan Kwok-ki is leading a government task force to deal with the storm. He has also warned residents to stay indoors.

The head of the local observatory speculated that the signal may be raised to the maximum level — no. 10, which would make this the largest storm to hit Hong Kong. Saola, which skirted past the Philippines and Taiwan, has the potential to be the most powerful typhoon to hit Hong Kong since Mangkhut battered the city in 2018. That storm left roads blocked, buildings damaged, and low-lying areas completely flooded.

The latest forecast track has reported that the eye of the typhoon will be passing over the southern part of the city later today or early tomorrow.

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Cathay Pacific Airways Ltd. will halt all Hong Kong flights from 2:00 p.m. today afternoon until 10:00 a.m. on Saturday to monitor the situation as a precautionary measure as Super Typhoon Saola approaches the Asian financial hub, the airline announced last night.

Source: Cathay Pacific

The suspension of flights may last longer depending on the severity of the impact it will leave once the storm passes. Disruptions are imminent for all flights involving Hong Kong — both to and fro.

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