The Hong Kong Observatory hoisted the T3 storm signal at 12:40am on Tuesday as Tropical Cyclone Kompasu closed in.

“As Kompasu gradually edges closer to the coast of Guangdong and intensifies, its outer rainbands will bring squally showers to Hong Kong tonight. Local winds are also expected to strengthen further,” the Observatory said.

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It added that it will consider issuing the T8 signal between 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. on Tuesday.

Rain and strong winds are expected into Thursday’s public holiday: “With Kompasu departing from the coast of Guangdong, the weather will improve slightly over the region towards the weekend.”

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Under the T3 Signal, kindergarten classes and some special schools are suspended. The Marine Department has warned boat owners to remain alert.

Sun Ferry’s Inter-islands ferry route was suspended on Tuesday.

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