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T8 is hoisted over Hong Kong

09 October 2021

By The SUN 

T8 was hoisted as Lionrock moved closer to HK this morning

Storm signal no 8 was hoisted over Hong Kong at about 6:40 am today Oct. 9, as strong to gale-force winds brought by Lionrock prevail over the city.

Classes and work have been suspended throughout the day, and the storm signal is expected to remain in force for some time this morning. 

Tomorrow, Sunday, will remain windy with occasional showers, squalls and thunderstorms at first. The showers will ease off later in the day, and the weather will improve in the next couple of days, bringing slightly lower temperatures in the morning.

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The HK Observatory warns that heavy rain from the storm surge may lead to flooding in low-lying areas. Lionrock will also bring strong winds. Seas will be rough with swells and people are advised to stay away from the shoreline, and not to engage in water sports.

In the past hour, the maximum sustained winds recorded at Ngong Ping, Cheung Chau and Waglan Island were 105, 78 and 76 kilometres per hour,  with maximum gusts of 139, 95 and 91 kilometres per hour respectively.

As a further precaution, people are advised to lock all windows and doors, reinforce shutters and gates if they are available, and clear drains of leaves and rubbish to prevent flooding.


People should not stand beside windows exposed to the wind and ensure that they have a safe place for shelter should windows be broken.

Everyone is encourages to listen to the radio or watch TV for the hourly weather news bulletins or browse the Observatory’s website for the latest information.


Strong Wind Signal No 3 was enforced throughout most of Friday, when heavy rains also caused the Black Rain Warning signal to be hoisted in the morning, causing schools at all levels to suspend classes.

Winds of up to 62 kilometers per hour tore off scaffoldings, killing one female worker in Happy Valley, and flooding many parts of the city.

Two women workers were trapped under the scaffolding

Police said the victim was one of two women working on the site at Beverly Hill estate on Broadwood Road who were rescued after the collapse. The victim was pulled out from underneath the scaffolding unconscious, while her colleague was unhurt.

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The injured woman was taken to Ruttonjee Hospital in Wanchai, where she was declared dead at 12:45 pm.

Strong winds began to sweep Hong Kong on Thursday morning and by late night sporadic showers fell on the city.

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The 8am flag raising at Golden Bauhinia Square in Wan Chai was cancelled due to the strong winds and heavy rain, as well as the nightly “Festival of Sound and Light” at Victoria Harbour at 8pm.

The Observatory said Lionrock will be closest to the territory this morning, veering about 500 km to the southwest. Winds with mean speeds of 41 to 62kph are expected.

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