HONG KONG – 16 September, 2014 – The No. 8 Southeast Gale or Storm Signal is in force.
This means that winds with mean speeds of 63 kilometres per hour or more are expected from the southeast quarter.
At 8 a.m., Typhoon Kalmaegi was centred about 400 kilometres southwest of Hong Kong (near 19.7 degrees north 111.5 degrees east) and is forecast to move west-northwest at about 30 kilometres per hour , edging closer to the vicinity of the Leizhou Peninsula to Hainan Island.
According to the present forecast track, Kalmaegi will make landfall near Leizhou Peninsula or Hainan Island in the next two to three hours, and move further away from Hong Kong. It is expected that local winds will moderate later in the morning. The Observatory will consider issuing the Strong Wind Signal, No. 3 between 10 a.m. and noon.
Although Kalmaegi is moving gradually away, its associated squally showers will affect Hong Kong intermittently
In the past hour, the maximum sustained winds recorded at Cheung Chau Beach and Waglan Island were 87 and 71 kilometres per hour with maximum gusts 125 and 95 kilometres per hour respectively.
Precautionary Announcements with No. 8 Signal
- Flights at Hong Kong International Airport may be affected by the weather. Please contact your airline for the latest flight information before departing for the airport.
- Since seas are very rough with swells, you are advised to stay away from the shoreline and not to engage in water sports.
- Do not stand near windows on the exposed side of your home. Move all furniture and valuables away from these areas. Make sure you have a safe place to shelter, should windows be broken.
- Although the tropical cyclone is moving away from Hong Kong, gales are expected to persist for some time. You are advised to stay indoors until winds moderate and it is safe to go out. On no account should you touch electric cables that have been blown loose.
- Please listen to radio or watch TV for the latest weather information broadcast at the 15th, 30th, 45th and 58th minute of each hour. You can also browse the Hong Kong Observatory’s web site for the information.
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