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Storm signal lowered to 3 as typhoon Nangka moves away from HK

13 October 2020

By The SUN 

The day was mostly overcast but there was hardly any wind or rain in most parts of the city

The Hong Kong Observatory lowered the storm signal to 3 at 7:40 pm today, Oct 13, as typhoon Nangka weakened and moved farther away, after keeping the city virtually unscathed but on a standstill for most of the day.

Schools, government buildings including courts, as well as private offices including banks, were all closed as a precautionary measure after signal no 8 was hoisted just before 6am today.

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But Hong Kong was spared the heavy rains associated with Nangka that affected the Pearl River Estuary today as it made landfall on Hainan Islang.

At 8pm, Nangka was estimated to be about 520 kilometres southwest of Hong Kong and is forecast to move west or west-northwest at about 20 kilometres per hour crossing Hainan Island.

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But while Nangka will continue to move away, Hong Kong will still be affected by strong winds with occasional gales offshore and on high ground tonight and tomorrow.

The strong wind signal No 3 is expected to remain in force for some time.

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Throughout the day, the light rain and intermittent gusts of wind forced most people off the streets, as most public transport services were suspended, apart from the MTR which ran at longer intervals, and a few taxis.

Cross-harbor and outlying island ferry services were suspended as the Observatory warned of swells and very rough seas. It advised the public to stay away from the shoreline and avoid water sports.

Roads were largely deserted as most public transportation suspended services

In the past hour, the maximum sustained winds recorded at Waglan Island, Green Island and Cheung Chau Beach were 71, 66 and 62 kilometers per hour with maximum gusts exceeding 80, 85 and 71kph.


Among those affected were Filipino domestic helpers whose transactions at the Consulate and Immigration Department were cancelled due to the closure of all government and private offices in view of the storm.

At 8am, the Consulate announced on its Facebook page that all its offices including the Philippine Overseas Labor Office and the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration would be closed until further notice.

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An OWWA insider said some staff of the two attached government agencies went to their offices to do some work. But the offices were closed and a few workers who tried to go up to the 29th floor of United Centre were not allowed entry by guards.

Also affected were domestic helpers who were hoping to be tested for coronavirus today before they move into the homes of their new employers.

The free community-wide testing for Covid-19 at Harbour Road Sports Centre in Wanchai, as well as in Kwai Tsing, Kowloon City and in YauTsim Mong were also put on hold because of the typhoon that was hardly felt in the city.

The Immigration Department suspended all smart identity card replacement centers and advised those with an appointment for replacement of their smart IDs to go to the SIDCC concerned tomorrow or any subsequent working day without having to make a new appointment.  

Also a casualty was the daily “Symphony of Light” Show on both sides of the harbor, which was canceled for the second day running.

The Observatory forecast that the rains and cloudy skies that were evident throughout the day would ease off tomorrow. Temperatures will be between 24 to 28 Celsius.
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