Tropical Cyclone Warning Signal Number 8 to be issued at or before 5.20pm

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12th October 2021 – (Hong Kong) The Hong Kong Observatory announces that the Tropical Cyclone Warning Signal Number 8 will be issued at or before 5.20pm today. Winds locally will strengthen further.

The Hong Kong Observatory announces that the Tropical Cyclone Warning Signal Number 8 will be issued at or before 5:20 p.m. today (12 Oct 2021). Winds locally will strengthen further.

The Government advises members of the public with long or difficult home journeys or having to return to outlying islands to begin their journeys now. The Government is now making arrangements to release its employees accordingly.

The Education Bureau announces that 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.

With the combined effect of Kompasu and the northeast monsoon, strong winds prevail over the coast of Guangdong. There are occasional gales offshore and on high ground. As Kompasu gradually edges closer to the coast of Guangdong, its outer rainbands will bring showers and squalls to Hong Kong tonight. Local winds are also expected to strengthen further.

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.

In the past hour, the maximum sustained winds recorded at Tate’s Cairn, Waglan Island and Sha Chau were 78, 67 and 64 kilometres per hour with maximum gusts 96, 79 and 72 kilometres per hour respectively.

The Social Welfare Department announces that as Tropical Cyclone Warning Signal No. 8 will be issued, all welfare service units of the department, 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 be closed. Members of the public who have taken their children and family members to those centres are advised to make arrangements for their safe return home as soon as possible.

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