No. 8 Southeast Gale or Storm Signal hoisted in Hong Kong Macao


9th October 2021 – (Hong Kong) Hong Kong Observatory hoisted the No. 8 Southeast Gale or Storm Signal. Meanwhile, the Signal No.8 will remain in effect this morning in Hong Kong and Macao. The local winds will remain. At 08 L.T., T.S. “Lionrock” (2117) is located about 490 km southwest of Macao and moves toward Beibu Gulf.

This means that winds with mean speeds of 63 kilometres per hour or more are expected from the southeast quarter.

At 8am, Tropical Storm Lionrock was centred about 560 kilometres southwest of Hong Kong (near 19.3 degrees north 109.8 degrees east) and is forecast to move northwest slowly across Hainan Island and into Beibu Wan.

Lionrock’s circulation is rather broad. Under the combined effect with the northeast monsoon, strong to gale force winds prevail over Hong Kong, with occasional storm force winds on the high ground over the southwestern part of Hong Kong. Lionrock is expected to remain at a distance of about 500 to 600 kilometres from Hong Kong in the next few hours. The Gale or Storm Signal, No. 8 is expected to remain in force for some time this morning.

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

In the past hour, the maximum sustained winds recorded at Ngong Ping, Cheung Chau and Waglan Island were 102, 82 and 75 kilometres per hour with maximum gusts 130, 93 and 87 kilometres per hour respectively.

Meanwhile,    the Immigration Department announces 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 Department of Health (DH) 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 ten designated chest clinics or dermatological clinics under the DH will be suspended.

The Social Welfare Department announces that as Tropical Cyclone Warning Signal No. 8 was issued, welfare service units of the department, 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 centre, which normally operate on Saturdays, will not open to the public. After the signal is cancelled, these units will resume normal operation in two hours, if the weather and conditions permit.”