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More rains expected as Strong Wind Signal No 3 raised

19 July 2021

 By The SUN 

More heavy rain is expected tomorrow and Wednesday

More heavy rain and squally thunderstorms are expected in Hong Kong over the next few days, after the Observatory hoisted Strong Wind Signal No.3 with the approach of tropical storm Cempaka to the coast of western Guangdong.

People were warned to brace for winds with mean speeds of 41 to 62 kilometers per hour.


However, the Observatory said the chance of raising the Storm Signal to No.8 overnight is not high. Instead, Signal No.3 will remain in force for some time overnight as the storm’s intensity and track remain uncertain.

The Observatory says it will closely monitor its movement and development.

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The bad weather is expected to affect Hong Kong over the next couple of days, gradually easing later in the week. Tomorrow and Wednesdays will remain mostly cloudy with showers which will be heavy at times. Thunderstorms are expected and seas will be rough. 

At 9pm, the typhoon was about 200km southwest of Hong Kong, moving north slowly as it edged closer to the vicinity of the area west of the Pearl River Estuary, the Observatory said.


Hong Kong’s third Signal No.3 weather disturbance this year was preceded by heavy rains in a wide swath of the SAR overnight Sunday. The rains intensified this morning, initially prompting the Observatory to raise the Amber rain warning.

By lunchtime, office workers going out to buy food were deterred by driving rain that created puddles and streams on the streets.

T3 was raised even as rains gradually eased in the afternoon 

Due to big waves, red flags were hoisted at several beaches: Stanley Main Beach, Shek O Beach and Big Wave Bay Beach in Southern District, Hong Kong Island; Hung Shing Yeh Beach and Cheung Chau Tung Wan Beach in Islands District; and Hap Mun Bay Beach, Silverstrand Beach and Clear Water Bay Second Beach in Sai Kung District. 

Beach-goers were advised not to swim at these beaches.


But the area of gales or strong wind associated with Cempaka is relatively small, the Observatory said. Unless the typhoon intensifies significantly or moves closer to Hong Kong, the chance of gales over the SAR generally is not high.

In the past hour, the maximum sustained winds recorded at Ngong Ping, Tate’s Cairn and Cheung Chau Beach were 65, 54 and 50 km per hour with maximum gusts of 87kph, 71kph and 65kph respectively.

The Observatory hoisted Signal 3 at 4:10pm and urged people to secure objects that could be blown away and ensure all windows and doors are closed securely. Those living in low-lying areas were advised to take precautions against floods.

Classes were suspended at kindergartens, schools for children with physical disability and schools for children with intellectual disability.

The Labour Department reminded employers to make prior work arrangements for staff during and after tropical cyclone and rainstorm warnings to ensure the safety of employees and smooth operation of establishments.

“Employers should give prime consideration to employees’ safety and the feasibility for employees to travel to and from their workplaces,” the Department said in a press release.

After Signal No. 3 was hoisted, the Home Affairs Department activated a round-the-clock hotline, 2572 8427, for public enquiries on the tropical cyclone.

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