Hong Kong to issue No. 8 signal between 4-6pm, all classes suspended

The Observatory said it will consider issuing the Gale or Storm Signal, No. 8 between 4 and 6pm on Tuesday, with Severe Tropical Storm Kompasu edged gradually closer to the coast of Guangdong.

The Education Bureau announced that classes of all schools are suspended today. Schools should implement contingency measures to ensure the safety of students, and should ensure that conditions are safe before allowing students to return home.

The Strong Wind Signal, No. 3 is now in force, meaning that winds with mean speeds of 41 to 62 kilometers per hour are expected.

At noon, Kompasu was estimated to be about 560 kilometers southeast of Hong Kong and is forecast to move west at about 25 kilometers per hour across the northern part of the South China Sea towards the vicinity of Hainan Island.

The HKO said with its combined effect with the northeast monsoon, strong winds prevail over the coast of Guangdong. There are occasional gales offshore and on high ground. The outer rainbands of Kompasu will bring showers and squalls to Hong Kong tonight. Local winds are also expected to strengthen further.

Storm surge induced by Kompasu and heavy rain may lead to flooding in low-lying areas. Members of the public should take precautions against strong winds and flooding. Besides, seas will be rough with swells. Members of the public should stay away from the shoreline and not engage in water sports.

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