The No. 8 Northeast Gale or Storm Signal means that winds with mean speeds of 63 kilometers per hour or more are expected from the northeast quarter.
Precautionary Announcements with No. 8 Signal
1. 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.
2. Park your car where it is least likely to be damaged.
3. 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.
4. Since seas are very rough, you are advised to stay away from the shoreline and not to engage in water sports.
5. 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.
6. Owners of neon signs are reminded that the electricity supply to all neon signs should be switched off now.
7. 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.
Hong Kong Observatory has operated a numbered tropical cyclone warning signal system (TCWS) since 1917 to alert the public of the wind conditions in Hong Kong. The current signal consists:
- No. 1 Standby Signal
- No. 3 Strong Wind Signal
- No. 8 Northeast Gale or Storm Signal
- No. 8 Northwest Gale or Storm signal
- No. 8 Southeast Gale or Storm Signal
- No. 8 Southwest Gale or Storm signal
- No. 9 Increasing Gale or Storm Signal
- No. 10 Hurricane Signal