The No. 8 storm signal continues to be in effect, as Typhoon Merbok makes landfall around Miris Bay.

Typhoon Merbok position at 10pm Monday.

Earlier on Monday, Hongkongers swamped the transport system as they rushed to get home from work.

Prince Edward station. Photo: MTR Update, via Twitter.

Inter-island ferries remain suspended during the T8 signal.

Travellers with flights booked for Monday evening are advised to check their booking with airlines.

Cathay Pacific cancelled or delayed 27 flights to, and from, the city.

Photo: Kenny Khw‎, via Facebook.

Rail and MTR bus services have been increased in response to heightened demand.

Photo: MTR Update, via Twitter.

“[T]he maximum sustained winds recorded at Waglan Island, Green Island, Lau Fau Shan and Kai Tak were 82, 72, 53 and 46 kilometres per hour with maximum gusts 98, 89, 72 and 81 kilometres per hour respectively.” the Observatory said at 10pm.

Traffic jams forming at around 6pm, Monday. Photo: Googlemaps.

Out-patient clinics are closed, though Accident and Emergency services will continue as normal.

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

Webcams around Hong Kong, as of 7pm Monday. Photo: GovHK.

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


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.