The Hong Kong Observatory has announced that the Tropical Cyclone Warning Signal Number 8 is expected to be issued at or before 8:40pm on Monday.
The government advised members of the public with long or difficult home journeys or having to return to outlying islands to begin their journeys now. It is making arrangements to release its employees accordingly, according to the Observatory.
Typhoon Nida is expected to be close to Hong Kong tonight to Tuesday morning, with its centre skirting within 100 km to the northeast of Hong Kong, said the Observatory. Squalls, heavy rain and rough seas are expected after sunset, and storm surge brought by Nida may cause flooding or sea water intrusion in some low-lying areas tomorrow morning.
According to the Airport Authority, more than 120 flights on Monday have been cancelled as of 5pm. The authority urged travellers to pay attention to its website before going to the airport, or ask for the latest flight information through the My Flight app and airlines.
Cathay Pacific Airways and Dragonair announced in a statement that flight departures and arrivals at Hong Kong International Airport on Monday will be suspended from 11pm until 2pm tomorrow. The airlines will waive fees on re-booking, re-routing and cancellation and refund for all tickets issued worldwide on or before Aug. 1 for travel on Cathay Pacific and Dragonair involving Hong Kong between Aug. 1 and Aug 3, said the statement.
First Ferry, Hong Kong & Kowloon Ferries, Tsui Wah Ferry Service, and Coral Sea Ferry Service have announced suspension of ferry routes. More information is available from the Transport Department’s website.
Despite the typhoon warnings, Ming Pao reported that there were still people playing Pokemon Go by the Tsim Sha Tsui waterfront Monday afternoon.