No. 8 Southeast Gale or Storm Signal issued at 7.10pm to remain in force till 5am tomorrow (Updated: 7.24pm)

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1st July 2022 – (Hong Kong) The No. 8 Southeast Gale or Storm Signal was issued by Hong Kong Observatory at 7.10pm. This means that winds with mean speeds of 63 kilometres per hour or more are expected.

According to the present forecast track, Chaba will be closest to Hong Kong tonight and tomorrow morning, skirting about 300 kilometres to the southwest of the territory. Gale force winds are affecting many places of Hong Kong while winds on high ground even reach storm force occasionally. Local winds will turn gradually from the east to the southeast. Some places may become more exposed. No. 8 Gale or Storm Signal will remain in force before 5am tomorrow. Members of the public are advised to take note of the latest weather information before leaving home tomorrow morning.

The rainbands associated with Chaba will bring occasional heavy showers and violent gusts to Hong Kong. Seas are very rough with swells. 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 and Cheung Chau Beach were 69 and 71 kilometres per hour with maximum gusts 83 and 90 kilometres per hour respectively.

Tropical Cyclone Chaba will move in the general direction of the coast of western Guangdong today and tomorrow, and intensify gradually. Its associated outer rainbands will also bring squally showers and thunderstorms to the region. Under the influence of an active southerly airstream, the weather is expected to remain unsettled over the coast of Guangdong next week. Besides, Tropical Cyclone Aere over the western North Pacific will move north in the general direction of the vicinity of the Ryukyu Islands in the next couple of days.

 As Tropical Cyclone Warning Signal No. 8 is in force, the Leisure and Cultural Services Department appealed to members of the public today not to visit its gazetted beaches to avoid accidents.

Meanwhile,  Marine Department reminded ship owners, masters, and person-in-charge of vessels that Tropical Cyclone Warning Signal No. 8 is in force. Ship owners, masters and person-in-charge of vessels shall take immediate precautionary measures and properly secure their vessels at safe location.

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