The Hong Kong Observatory raised the typhoon signal to 8, one of its highest warnings which rate typhoons up to 10, on Sunday as Typhoon Roke is expected to make landfall over the eastern part of the city. According to reports, Roke is approaching with winds reaching 73kmh.
When a typhoon 8 signal is in place businesses, government offices and schools stay closed as a precautionary measure, including banks, port operations and the Hong Kong stock exchange.
Maenwhile, a spokesman for Hong Kong international airport, one of the busiest airports in the world, said that the flights in and out of the city were operating normally for now. However, the authorities were keeping an eye on the situation.
According to reports, the local trains were also operating normally. But, as per the announcements on the government websites, some bus and ferry services have been cancelled. The annual book fair was temporarily closed due to the typhoon.
Last month, Tropical Storm Merbok struck the country forcing the authorities to shut some services and events in the Asian financial hub. The Marine Department warned the vessel owners and operators should properly secure their boats at safe locations.