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Highest flooding level expected to be between 1.5-2.5 metres

Typhoon Higos has made landfall near the western coast of Zhuhai. The present No. 10 signal was replaced by No. 8 at 07:30 this morning.

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UPDATED: 22 Dec 2023, 5:48 am

It is forecasted that there will be severe flooding in low-lying areas between 5 am and 12 pm, and the highest flooding level is expected to be between 1.5 and 2.5 meters as a result of typhoon Higos.

At 5:30 am today, the Macao Meteorological and Geophysical Bureau issued the “red” Storm Surge Warning because the waters in areas like the Inner Harbour could rise between 1.5 and 2.5 metres.

The Macau Electricity Company (CEM) announced that it will most likely need to cut energy to some areas of the city also due to the rise in flooding.

According to the Macao Meteorological and Geophysical Bureau the typhoon has made landfall in Zhuhai, 30-km from Macao, but winds of 120 km per hour continue to be felt in the territory. Signal No. 8 was issued at 07:30 this morning and will remain in effect for a period of time.

Typhoon Higos has forced the closure of all three bridges between Macao and the Taipa island. All bus lines have been suspended in Macao and schools will be closed today. Civil servants will stay home until the typhoon level is 3.

Typhoon No. 10 was hoisted at 5:00 am today almost 2 hours and 30 minutes after the authorities raised the signal No. 9 of tropical storm.

More than 150 people have left their homes and are staying in shelters provided by the Social Welfare Bureau (IAS).

UPDATED: 22 Dec 2023, 5:48 am

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