On Wednesday 23rd of August, Typhoon Hato struck Hong Kong and Macao, before heading further inland. Flights were disrupted and schools and business closed. Macao suffered serious damage and power outages.

Latest updates on the storm are provided by the Hong Kong Observatory.

Hong Kong

From the FCO

The typhoon season in Hong Kong normally runs from April to October. Typhoons sometimes hit Hong Kong and may cause flooding and landslides. Local warnings are issued in advance. Public offices shut down when the ‘Typhoon 8’ signal is hoisted.

You should monitor local and international weather updates from the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) and Hong Kong Observatory. See Tropical Cyclones page for advice on what to do if you are caught up in a storm.

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From the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office

Summary – Typhoon Hato caused significant damage and flooding to Macao on 23 August 2017, including lost power and water supplies; there’s substantial flooding in the old town and in parts of the Cotai strip; travel and public transport are severely disrupted; you should follow the advice of the local authorities and if you require urgent assistance, contact the Foreign and Commonwealth Office on +85229013000 or the Macao government’s hotline for tourists on +85328333000

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From the FCO –


The typhoon season in China normally runs from May to November, affecting in particular the southern and eastern coastal regions of China. You should monitor the progress of approaching storms on the Japan Meteorological Agency and the China Meteorological Administration websites.

Avoid visiting isolated or rural areas if a typhoon system is forecast. There are sometimes large-scale evacuations, particularly in the coastal regions of southern China. You should follow the advice of the local authorities. Air travel and other forms of transport can be affected. Check with your airline or travel operator for further details and try to keep in touch with family and friends.

See the FCO’s Tropical Cyclones page for advice about what to do if you are caught up in a typhoon.

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