Tropical Storm Higos (2008)

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Tropical Storm Higos (Pablo)
Tropical storm (JMA scale)
Tropical storm (Saffir–Simpson scale)
Higos 30 September 2008.jpg
Higos near landfall in Samar on September 30
Formed September 29, 2008
Dissipated October 6, 2008
Highest winds 10-minute sustained: 65 km/h (40 mph)
1-minute sustained: 75 km/h (45 mph)
Lowest pressure 998 hPa (mbar); 29.47 inHg
Fatalities Unknown
Damage $6.5 million (2008 USD)
Areas affected Philippines, China
Part of the 2008 Pacific typhoon season

Tropical Storm Higos, known in the Philippines as Tropical Storm Pablo, was a tropical storm during the 2008 Pacific typhoon season. The name "Higos" is the Chamorro word for fig.[1]

Meteorological history[edit]

Map plotting the track and intensity of the storm according to the Saffir–Simpson scale

On September 27 a tropical disturbance formed in the Philippine Sea to the east of Mindanao, in the Philippines. During the next day the JTWC issued a TCFA on the tropical disturbance. Early on September 29 the JMA designated the disturbance as a tropical depression. Later that day, both PAGASA and the JTWC designated the disturbance as a tropical depression, with PAGASA naming the depression as Pablo whilst the JTWC designated it as Tropical Depression 21W. The JTWC upgraded the depression to a tropical storm early in the afternoon. The JMA followed shortly after and upgraded the system to Tropical Storm Higos early on September 30. Higos tracked towards the northwest and made landfall in the eastern Philippines (on Samar island) on October 1. Higos tracked over the Philippines as a tropical storm (but PAGASA downgraded it as a tropical depression) for most of the day before moving out over open waters. Once out over water, the JTWC downgraded Higos to a tropical depression, however, the JMA kept it as a tropical storm. As Higos neared landfall, it suddenly relocated, paralleling the northeastern coast of Hainan, China. The storm later made landfall on October 4 around 2 a.m. (CST) on the northern coastline of the island. JMA then issued its final advisory as Higos weakened to a tropical depression. The JTWC followed 12 hours later.[citation needed]

Preparations, Warnings and Impact[edit]


Ferry services on Qiongzhou Strait in south China were suspended and authorities in two airports in Hainan Province: Meilan International Airport in Haikou, the provincial capital, and Fenghuang (Phoenix) International Airport in Sanya, a seaside resort on the southern tip of the island, managed to keep arrivals and departures at their respective airports going.[citation needed]

Highest Public Storm Warning Signal[edit]

Highest Public Storm Warning Signals raised across the Philippines as Pablo cross the country
PSWS #2 Metro Manila, Rizal, Batangas, Cavite, Laguna, Quezon, Polilio Is., Marinduque, Northern Mindoro Oriental,
Masbate, Camarines Provinces, Albay, Sorsogon, Catanduanes
Biliran, Samar Provinces, Leyte None
PSWS #1 Pangasinan, Nueva Ecija, Nueva Vizcaya, Quirino, Aurora, Bulacan, Bataan, Zambales, Pampanga, Tarlac,
Lubang Is. Rest of Mindoro Oriental, Mindoro Occidental, Romblon
Aklan, Capiz, Northern Iloilo, Northern Negros Occidental, Northern Cebu. Southern Leyte Dinagat Island, Surigao del Norte, Siargao Is.


China issued an orange alert on for Higos and the State Flood Control and Drought Relief Headquarters activated a third degree emergency response on Friday to prevent flooding,[2] while in Hong Kong, the Standby Signal No. 1 was issued at 7.30 p.m. on October 2 when Higos was about 700 km south of Hong Kong. All tropical cyclone warning signals were cancelled at 10.30 p.m. on October 4 as Higos made landfall over western Guangdong and weakened.[3]


In Hong Kong, a sheet of glass fell off from a shopping centre in Tsim Sha Tsui when the Strong Monsoon Signal was in force. Two vehicles were damaged and a person was slightly injured during the incident. In addition, a scaffolding was reported loose in Kowloon Bay.[4] Higos caused $6.5 million in damage to the province of Xinhua[clarify], however its heavy rainfall may have stopped a potential drought from starting.[5]

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