21 October, 2016 HONG KONG – The No. 8 Northwest Gale or Storm Signal was issued at 6:10 a.m.
This means that winds with mean speeds of 63 kilometres per hour or more are expected from the northwest quarter.
At 6 a.m., Typhoon Haima was centred about 250 kilometres east-southeast of Hong Kong (near 21.1 degrees north 116.2 degrees east) and is forecast to move northwest or north-northwest at about 25 kilometres per hour towards the vicinity east of the Pearl River Estuary.
According to the present forecast track, Haima will be closest to Hong Kong around noon, skirting about 100 km to the east of the territory. The No. 8 Gale or Storm Signal is expected to remain in force most of the time during the day.
Northerly winds are affecting Hong Kong. Owing to terrain effect, winds in some areas are not strong for the time being. However, as Haima edges closer, local winds are expected to generally strengthen further. The rainbands of Haima will bring squalls and heavy rain to the territory. Seas are rough and there are swells. Members of the public should stay on high alert, stay away from the shoreline, and not to engage in water sports.
Precautionary Announcements with No. 8 Signal
- Complete all precautions in your home. Lock all windows and doors, fit bars into position and insert reinforced shutters and gates if they are available. Adhesive tape fixed to large window-panes in exposed positions will reduce damage by broken glass. Storm water drains should be cleared of leaves and rubbish.
- 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.
- Owners of neon signs are reminded that they should now arrange for the electricity supply to their signs to be cut off.
- 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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