Strong Wind Signal, No. 3 in force, Storm Signal No. 8 may be issued before dawn tomorrow morning (Updated: 6.50pm)


12th October 2020 – (Hong Kong) The Strong Wind Signal, No. 3 was issued at 5.10pm today by Hong Kong Observatory. This means that winds with mean speeds of 41 to 62 kilometres per hour are expected.

At 5pm, the tropical storm Nangka was estimated to be about 500 kilometres south-southeast of Hong Kong (near 18.0 degrees north 115.6 degrees east) and is forecast to move west or west-northwest at about 22 kilometres per hour in the general direction of the vicinity of Hainan Island and intensify gradually.

In the past few hours, local winds occasionally reached strong force over offshore waters and on high ground.

According to the current forecast track, Nangka will be closest to Hong Kong tonight and tomorrow morning, skirting within about 500km to the south of Hong Kong. Together with the combined effect with the northeast monsoon, local winds are expected to strengthen gradually during the overnight period. The squally showers associated with Nangka will also gradually affect the coast of Guangdong. Depending on the local wind condition, the Observatory will consider issuing the Gale or Storm Signal No. 8 before dawn tomorrow morning. Members of the public should take note of the latest weather bulletin before departing home tomorrow morning.

Tropical Cyclone Nangka will move in the general direction of the vicinity of Hainan Island today and tomorrow and intensify gradually. Under the combined effect of Nangka and the northeast monsoon, there will be high winds, heavy rain and thunderstorms over the south China coast on Tuesday and Wednesday. Seas will be very rough with swells. An anticyclone aloft will strengthen in the latter part of this week, rain will ease off and the weather will improve over the coast of Guangdong. Another tropical cyclone is expected to enter and move across the central part of the South China Sea towards the weekend, and will further intensify.

Meanwhile, the Tourism Commission announces that due to the issuing of Tropical Cyclone Warning Signal No. 3 by the Hong Kong Observatory, “A Symphony of Lights” will be cancelled tonight.

 The Social Welfare Department announced. that while Tropical Cyclone Warning Signal No. 3 has been issued, 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 remain open during their normal operating hours. If necessary, members of the public can contact the centres to make arrangements for the safe return home of their children and family members.  

As Tropical Cyclone Warning Signal No. 3 has been issued, the Marine Department reminds vessel owners, masters and persons-in-charge of vessels that they should take precautionary measures immediately and properly secure their vessels at safe locations.

Following the issuing of Tropical Cyclone Warning Signal No. 3, the Home Affairs Department has activated a round-the-clock hotline, 2572 8427, for public enquiries on the tropical cyclone.

The Labour Department (LD) today reminded employers to make prior 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. These arrangements not only can ensure the safety of employees and smooth operation of establishments, but also are conducive to maintaining good labour-management relations.