HK Observatory to consider issuing Strong Wind Signal, No. 3 to replace No. 8 Gale or Storm Signal between 4pm and 8pm

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2nd July 2022 – (Hong Kong) Typhoon Chaba will make landfall near Zhanjiang shortly and depart gradually from Hong Kong. Local winds are expected to weaken gradually. Depending on the degree of weakening of local winds, the Observatory will consider issuing the Strong Wind Signal, No. 3 to replace the No. 8 Gale or Storm Signal between 4pm and 8pm.

It is windier over southwestern part of the territory, occasionally reaching gale to storm force offshore and on high ground. It is expected that Chaba’s rainbands will still occasionally bring heavy squally showers to Hong Kong.

In the past hour, the maximum sustained winds recorded at Ngong Ping, Cheung Chau and Waglan Island were 94, 89 and 72 kilometres per hour with maximum gusts 134, 102 and 81 kilometres per hour respectively.

The Home Affairs Department has so far opened 25 temporary shelters in various districts and 87 people have sought refuge at the shelters.   As at 1pm today, the 1823 Government Call Centre has received 37 reports of fallen trees. The Drainage Services Department has received one confirmed flooding case. No reports of landslide have been received so far. According to the Hospital Authority, as at 12.30pm today, two men have been injured during the typhoon period and received medical treatment at the Accident and Emergency Department of public hospitals.

Tropical Cyclone Chaba will move into inland Guangxi tomorrow and weaken gradually. Its associated outer rainbands will continue to affect the coast of Guangdong. Under the influence of an active southerly airstream, the weather is expected to remain unsettled over the coast of Guangdong early to midweek next week. With the anticyclone aloft strengthening gradually, the weather will improve over southeastern China in the latter part of next week. Besides, Tropical Cyclone Aere over the western North Pacific will move in the general direction of the vicinity of the Ryukyu Islands and the East China Sea in the next couple of days.

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