No. 8 Storm Signal is in force in HK and Macau and is expected to remain for the rest of the day, classes cancelled (Updated: 9.40am)

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13th October 2020 – (Hong Kong) The No. 8 Northeast Gale or Storm Signal is in force. At 8am, Tropical Storm Nangka was centred about 450 kilometres south-southwest of Hong Kong (near 18.4 degrees north 112.9 degrees east) and is forecast to move west or west-northwest at about 22 kilometres per hour towards the vicinity of Hainan Island and intensify gradually.

Meanwhile, in Macau, Signal No.8NE was issued at 7.30am today. The Signal No.8NE will remain in effect this morning. The local winds will strengthen. At 08 L.T., T.S. “Nangka” (2016) is located about 410 km south-southwest of Macao and moves toward Hainan Island. “Nangka” will maintain a distance of about 400 kilometers away from Macao. However, under the combined effect of “Nangka” and the northeast monsoon, the winds in Macao are expected to strengthen gradually, and will occasionally reach the wind speed threshold of typhoon signal No.8.

Under the combined effect of Nangka and the northeast monsoon, gale force winds are affecting the offshore waters and the high ground in the territory. Winds are generally stronger over the southern part of Hong Kong.

With Nangka moving to the southwest of Hong Kong, local wind direction will gradually change from northeast to east to southeast. Areas which are previously sheltered may become exposed. The heavy rain band associated with Nangka to the southeast of Hong Kong will also move gradually towards the eastern coast of Guangdong, bringing squally showers to the region. The Gale or Storm Signal No. 8 is expected to remain in force for most of the day today.

There will be swells and very rough seas. Members of the public are advised to stay away from the shoreline and not to engage in water sports.

In the past hour, the maximum sustained winds recorded at Waglan Island, Cheung Chau Beach and Green Island were 69, 60 and 56 kilometres per hour with maximum gusts exceeding 77, 77 and 75 kilometres per hour respectively.

At 8am, Tropical Storm Nangka was centred about 450 kilometres south-southwest of Hong Kong (near 18.4 degrees north 112.9 degrees east) and is forecast to move west or west-northwest at about 22 kilometres per hour towards the vicinity of Hainan Island and intensify gradually.

Strong to gale force northeasterly winds, becoming east to southeasterlies later. Seas will be very rough with swellsCloudy with rain and a few squallythunderstormsRain will become more frequent. Temperatures will linger around 26 degrees during the day. Tropical Cyclone Nangka will move towards the vicinity of Hainan Island today and intensify gradually. 

As the Tropical Cyclone Warning Signal no. 8 is now in force, the flag-raising ceremony to be conducted at Golden Bauhinia Square, Wan Chai at 8am today will be cancelled.

 The Home Affairs Department has so far opened 26 temporary shelters in various districts and 10 people have sought refuge at the shelters.    No report of landslide, flooding or fallen tree has been received so far.

Meanwhile, four temporary testing centres located at Harbour Road Sports Centre, Wan Chai District; Shek Lei Community Hall, Kwai Tsing District; Kai Tak Community Hall, Kowloon City District; and Henry G Leong Yaumatei Community Centre, Yau Tsim Mong District, will be closed.  The Department of Health (DH) also announced that, as the Tropical Cyclone Warning Signal No. 8 is now in force, the collection points of deep throat saliva samples for COVID-19 testing set up in 13 designated chest clinics or dermatological clinics under the DH will be suspended.

 The Home Affairs Department announced that, as the Tropical Cyclone Warning Signal No. 8 is now in force, the collection point of deep throat saliva samples for COVID-19 testing set up at Lok Sin Tong Chan Kwong Hing Memorial Primary Health Centre on G/F, 48 Junction Road, Kowloon City, for Thai people in Kowloon City district will be suspended today. The date of returning specimen bottles will be postponed to tomorrow (October 14th) from 9 am till 12 noon.

​Classes of all day schools are suspended today.

Flat selection sessions for the Sale of Green Form Subsidised Home Ownership Scheme Flats 2019 (GSH 2019) today are all cancelled. Flat selection sessions scheduled for October 13th, October 14th, October 15th, October 16th and October 19th will be deferred.

 The Marine Department has announced that To Kwa Wan Typhoon Shelter is now full. Local vessels are advised to use other typhoon shelters.

 The Immigration Department announced that when Tropical Cyclone Warning Signal No. 8 or above is in force, 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 Hong Kong Housing Authority announces that, due to the hoist of Tropical Cyclone Warning Signal No. 8 by the Hong Kong Observatory, flat selection sessions for the Sale of Green Form Subsidised Home Ownership Scheme Flats 2019 (GSH 2019) today (October 13) are all cancelled. Flat selection sessions scheduled for October 13, October 14, October 15, October 16 and October 19 will be deferred. Rescheduled details will be announced on the GSH 2019 designated website (www.housingauthority.gov.hk/gsh/2019) as soon as possible. Please check for the details. Enquiries may be made through the Housing Authority Sales Hotline on 2712 8000. 

 The Labour Department announces that the COVID-19 testing service for foreign domestic helpers (FDHs) who are waiting to join the new employers’ family at Harbour Road Sports Centre, as well as the related service of the registration hotline 1836 133 will be suspended as the Tropical Cyclone Warning Signal No. 8 has been issued. The services will be resumed within two hours after the signal was cancelled when weather and traffic permit. FDHs affected by the suspension of services can call the hotline 1836 133 to reschedule the appointment upon the resumption of the hotline service.

As the Tropical Cyclone Warning Signal No. 8 is issued, the Home Affairs Department will open temporary shelters for people in need of temporary accommodation.

As Typhoon Warning Signal No. 8 is now in force, the Labour Department (LD) today reminded employers to make work arrangements for staff during and after typhoons and rainstorms, including arrangements on reporting for duty, release from work, resumption of work and work from home. In implementing the work arrangements and contingency measures, employers should give consideration as much as possible to the situations faced by individual employees, such as their place of residence and the road and traffic conditions in the vicinity, and adopt a sympathetic and flexible approach with due regard to their actual difficulties and needs. For example, employers may permit employees who have difficulties in returning to workplaces to work from home or allow more time for them to report for duty and resume work. Employers should also observe the statutory liabilities and requirements under relevant legislation.

The Transport Department today announced that the public services under the department, i.e. the Licensing Offices at Admiralty, Cheung Sha Wan, Kwun Tong and Sha Tin, the Public Vehicles Unit, the Cross Boundary Unit, the Vehicle Examination Centres, the Driving Test Appointment Office, the Driving Test Centres and Written Test Centre, will be suspended as the No.8 gale or storm signal is now in force.  Candidates scheduled for driving test (including road test and written test) this morning will be individually informed of the alternative arrangements. If No.8 gale or storm signal is still in force at 11.30am, all driving tests today will be cancelled. Candidates will be individually informed of the alternative arrangements. Applicants who have made an appointment for renewal of a full driving licence/vehicle licence, transfer of vehicle ownership, application for an international driving permit, retention, transfer or assignment of vehicle registration mark, at any timeslot before lowering of the No.8 gale or storm signal or within two hours after the lowering of the signal may proceed to the Licensing Offices to submit their applications during opening hours (from 9am to 5pm from Monday to Friday) on or before October 20 without the need to make another appointment.


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