Tropical Cyclone Warning Signal No. 8 may be issued between 4pm and 6pm today, classes suspended

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12th October 2021 – (Hong Kong)  As the Hong Kong Observatory will consider issuing the Tropical Cyclone Warning Signal No. 8 between 4pm and 6pm today, classes of all schools are suspended today. Schools should implement contingency measures to ensure the safety of students. They should ensure that conditions are safe before allowing students to return home.

In the past few hours, Kompasu edged gradually closer to the coast of Guangdong. With its combined effect with the northeast monsoon, strong winds prevail over the coast of Guangdong. There are occasional gales offshore and on high ground. The Strong Wind Signal, No. 3 will remain in force this morning and early this afternoon.

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

Tropical Cyclone Kompasu will move across the northern part of the South China Sea towards the vicinity of Hainan Island in the next couple of days. Under the combined effect of Kompasu and the northeast monsoon, it will be windy with heavy rain and squalls over the coast of Guangdong. Another surge of the northeast monsoon is expected to reach the coast of southern China during the weekend. It will be dry and slightly cooler over the region early next week.

With severe tropical storm Kompasu gradually edging closer to Hong Kong and the announcement of the Hong Kong Observatory that it will consider issuing the Gale or Storm Signal No. 8 later in the afternoon, the Home Affairs Department (HAD) announced today that it has, through Rural Committees and the Property Management Services Authority, appealed to residents in rural areas, property management companies and households to take precautionary measures against strong winds and flooding. The District Offices have also contacted such bodies as District Councils, Area Committees, District Fight Crime Committees, District Fire Safety Committees, Rural Committees, owners’ corporations, owners’ committees, mutual aid committees and resident liaison ambassadors to seek their assistance in reminding residents to pay attention to the latest information on inclement weather conditions from the Observatory and take precautionary measures against strong winds and flooding.

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