The Observatory issued the No.8 storm signal at 5:20pm, Monday, to replace the T3 signal.

The storm is predicted to make landfall at around midnight.

Classes at all schools were suspended at 3pm.

A shopping mall in Lam Tin connected to the MTR station. Photo: Kei Siu‎, via Facebook.

Ferries from Central to Mui Wo and Cheung Chau will be suspended from 7:30pm onwards.

Photo: HKO

Rail and MTR bus services have been increased as commuters make their way home.

“[T]he maximum sustained winds recorded at Waglan Island, Green Island and Cheung Chau were 74, 60 and 41 kilometres per hour respectively,” the Observatory said on Monday afternoon.

Photo: MTR Update, via Twitter.
Webcams at 3pm, Monday. Photo: HKO.

“Although the region of gale wind associated with Merbok is rather small and mainly located to the east and south of its centre, gale force wind could still be expected to affect Hong Kong, in particular the eastern parts of the territory, when Merbok comes very close later today,” the Observatory said.

Week-long washout

Showers and thunderstorms are expected for the rest of the week as a trough of low pressure lingers over the south China coast.

Photo: HKO.

During the T8 signal, the public are advised to stay away from the shoreline and not to engage in watersports.

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Tom is the editor-in-chief and co-founder of Hong Kong Free Press. He has a BA in Communications & New Media from Leeds University and an MA in Journalism from the University of Hong Kong. He has contributed to the BBC, Euronews, Quartz, Global Post and others.