No. 8 Gale or Storm Signal to remain in force before 4pm, schools suspended, 24 reports of fallen trees and 1 injury received during typhoon period (Updated: 10am)

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2nd July 2022 – (Hong Kong) Typhoon Chaba is currently closest to Hong Kong, skirting about 300 kilometres to the southwest of the territory. According to its current track, Chaba will make landfall near Zhanjiang this afternoon to this evening.

Gale force winds are still affecting many places in the territory, while winds occasionally reach storm force offshore and on high ground. Gales associated with Chaba will continue to affect the vicinity of the Pearl River Estuary in the early afternoon. The No. 8 Gale or Storm Signal will remain in force before 4pm.

The rainbands associated with Chaba will continue to bring occasional heavy showers and violent gusts to the vicinity of the Pearl River Estuary.

In the past hour, the maximum sustained winds recorded at Ngong Ping, Cheung Chau and Tap Mun were 98, 82 and 70 kilometres per hour with maximum gusts 136, 98 and 82 kilometres per hour respectively.

The Home Affairs Department has so far opened 25 temporary shelters in various districts and 81 people have sought refuge at the shelters. As at 9am today, the 1823 Government Call Centre has received 24 reports of fallen trees. No reports of landslide or flooding have been received so far.

According to the Hospital Authority, as at 4.30am today, one person has been injured during the typhoon period and received medical treatment at the Accident and Emergency Department of a public hospital. 

As the Tropical Cyclone Warning Signal no. 8 is now in force, classes of all day schools are suspended today. Furthermore, the Social Welfare Department announces that as Tropical Cyclone Warning Signal No. 8 or above is now hoisted, all welfare service units of the department, all child care centres, centres providing after school care programmes, elderly services centres and day rehabilitation units including sheltered workshops, integrated vocational rehabilitation services centres, integrated vocational training centres and day activity centres will not open to the public. After the No. 8 signal is cancelled, those centres which normally operate on Saturdays will resume normal operation in two hours, if the weather and conditions permit.

All Community Vaccination Centres (CVCs) under the COVID-19 Vaccination Programme will remain closed and suspend vaccination service. The CVCs will open and resume vaccination service three hours after the cancellation of the No. 8 Tropical Cyclone Warning Signal and they will operate until the normal closing time. For persons with a booking affected by the closure of the CVCs, their booking will be rescheduled to a later date and they will be informed of their new appointment date and time by SMS notification. If their booking is for the first or second vaccination dose and the CVCs resume vaccination service later today, they may go to the CVC they selected in their original booking during the remaining opening hours for vaccination today.
 
 Also, the Home Vaccination Service scheduled for today has been cancelled and deferred to 8th July. The Home Vaccination Call Centre will inform persons affected of the updated vaccination arrangement by phone on Monday (4th July).

In addition, services at the Immigration Headquarters and all Branch Offices, Registration of Persons Offices, Births, Deaths and Marriage Registries and Smart Identity Card Replacement Centres are temporarily suspended.

The Department of Health (DH) today announced that, as the Tropical Cyclone Warning Signal No.8 is now in force, the COVID-19 specimen collection points set up in nine designated chest clinics, dermatological clinics and social hygiene clinics under the DH will be suspended.

Also, Methadone Clinics will be open for the normal operating hours. Those receiving methadone treatment can attend Methadone Clinics for their daily dose.

Meanwhile, the Transport Department (TD) announced that services of the TD’s driving test centres will be suspended as the No.8 gale or storm signal is now in force.  Candidates scheduled for driving test (road test) today will be individually informed of the alternative arrangements. The services of the TD’s Vehicle Examination Centres will also be suspended today. Citizens who have made an appointment for the vehicle examination services can make a new appointment after the vehicle examination centres reopen.

 The Judiciary has announced that all hearings of the courts and tribunals, including any admission proceedings, are adjourned today (Saturday).   Those who were due to attend court hearings today but were affected by the issuing of Tropical Cyclone Warning Signal No. 8 should do so at 9.30am on the next working day (4th July) unless otherwise notified.  Those who were due to attend the admission proceedings in the High Court this morning are not required to attend court until further notice in writing. Court and tribunal registries and offices will open as usual on the next working day (4th July). 

The Hong Kong Wetland Park is also closed. The Park will re-open two hours after the signal is lowered. The Park will remain closed today if the signal No. 8 or above remains hoisted at 2pm. Any person or organisation who has paid a deposit for visiting today can contact the Park’s ticket office for refund arrangements or to change the visit date.

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