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Typhoon signal no 8 now in force

13 October 2020

By The SUN

T8 was raised at 5:40am as typhoon Nangka brushed past HK


The Hong Kong Observatory raised typhoon signal no 8 at 5:40am today, Oct 13, as tropical storm Nangka moved closer to the city.

Classes of all-day schools have been suspended for the entire day. Offices are also shut until the typhoon signal no 8 is lowered.

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The Philippine Consulate has also closed for the entire day, and its services suspended until further notice. All those who have confirmed appointments today may go on another day of their choice to complete their transactions.

Public bus companies - Kowloon Motor Bus, CityBus and New World First Bus --- also announced that most of their daytime bus services will be suspended until further notice, while the MTR will run at reduced service.

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Outlying ferry services were suspended after 6:30 am. 

Nangka continues to bring squally showers to the south China coast. Winds are strong over offshore waters and on high ground, occasionally reaching gale force.

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While the storm is gradually moving away from Hong Kong, winds are still expected to strengthen further, especially in the southern part of the island.  

At 5 am, Nangka was estimated to be about 450 kilometres south of Hong Kong (near 18.3 degrees north 113.5 degrees east) and is forecast to move west or west-northwest at about 22 kilometres per hour toward Hainan.

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There will be swells and very rough seas. Members of the public are advised to stay away from the shoreline and not to engage in water sports.

In the past few hours, the maximum sustained winds recorded at Waglan Island, Cheung Chau Beach and Tate's Cairn were 75, 59 and 55 kilometres per hour with maximum gusts exceeding 85, 72 and 71 kilometres per hour respectively.

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