Gale or Storm Signal, No. 8 will remain in force at least before sunrise tomorrow morning

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12th October 2021 – (Hong Kong) With the combined effect of Kompasu and the northeast monsoon, strong to gale force northerly winds prevail over the coast of Guangdong. The outer rainbands associated with Kompasu are also affecting the eastern part of Guangdong.

According to the present forecast track, Kompasu will be closest to Hong Kong early tomorrow morning, skirting within 400 kilometres to the south of the territory. The Gale or Storm Signal, No. 8 will remain in force at least before sunrise tomorrow morning. Members of the public should take note of the latest weather bulletins tomorrow morning.

Storm surge induced by Kompasu and heavy rain may lead to flooding in low-lying areas. Members of the public should take precautions against strong winds and flooding. Besides, seas will be rough with swells. Members of the public should stay away from the shoreline and not engage in water sports.

In the past hour, the maximum sustained winds recorded at Tate’s Cairn, Waglan Island and Cheung Chau were 77, 66 and 55 kilometres per hour with maximum gusts 96, 83 and 75 kilometres per hour respectively.

As Tropical Cyclone Warning Signal No. 8 is in force, the Leisure and Cultural Services Department appealed to members of the public today not to visit its gazetted beaches to avoid accidents.

  A spokesman for the Food and Health Bureau announced today that testing services at all community testing centres (CTCs) have been suspended due to the issuing of Tropical Cyclone Warning Signal No. 8. In addition, all mobile specimen collection stations have been closed and testing services suspended.

  The Immigration Department announces that when Tropical Cyclone Warning Signal No. 8 or above is in force, services at all Smart Identity Card Replacement Centres (SIDCCs) will be suspended. Those who have made an appointment for replacement of their smart identity card today may approach the SIDCC concerned on any subsequent working day for application without the need to make a new appointment.

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