More widespread heavy rain during Typhoon Kompasu, 1 death, 6 injuries and 35 fallen trees reported

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13th October 2021 – (Hong Kong) Rainbands associated with Kompasu continue to affect the coast of Guangdong. Gales are prevailing over parts of the territory. However, as Kompasu departs, local winds are expected to weaken gradually in the afternoon. Hong Kong Observatory announced at 11.45am, the Gale or Storm Signal, No. 8 will remain in force before 4pm.

Leung Wing Mo, the former assistant director of the Observatory and the spokesperson of the Hong Kong Meteorological Society, explained today (13th) that the outer rainband of the Kompasu is affected by the dry airflow, resulting in less rainfall. Therefore, the general area of ​​Hong Kong is relatively calm, but it is reminded that the weather condition will change later. The rain and wind in Hong Kong are expected to increase, and the public should pay attention to it.

In the past hour, the maximum sustained winds recorded at Waglan Island, Cheung Chau Beach and Green Island were 78, 78 and 77 kilometres per hour with maximum gusts 92, 98 and 94 kilometres per hour respectively.

The Home Affairs Department has so far opened 24 temporary shelters in various districts and 237 people have sought refuge at the shelters.

As at 10.20am today, the 1823 Government Call Centre has received 35 reports of fallen trees. The Drainage Services Department has received eight confirmed flooding cases. No reports of landslide have been received so far.

 According to the Hospital Authority, as at 10.45am today, seven people (five men and two women) have been injured during the typhoon period and received medical treatment at the Accident and Emergency Department of public hospitals. Among them, one man has died.

Meanwhile,  the Hospital Authority announces that its general out-patient clinics, specialist clinics including physiotherapy and occupational therapy, geriatric day hospitals and psychiatric day hospitals will be closed as Tropical Cyclone Warning Signal No. 8 is still in force. Out-patients are advised to make a new appointment after the cancellation of the Warning Signal No. 8. Accident and Emergency services at hospitals will remain normal.

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