The Hong Kong Observatory hoisted the T3 storm signal at 4:40p.m. on Wednesday, almost 24 hours after Tropical Cyclone Kompasu triggered the T8 signal late on Tuesday.
The Hong Kong Observatory recorded a maximum 120km/hr of sustained wind speed near Kompasu’s centre as it passed by the the city on Wednesday. One death and 21 injuries were recorded before the storm made landfall on Hainan Island in southern China.
“There are strong winds over some places in the territory. Winds on high ground occasionally reach gale force. The Strong Wind Signal, No. 3 will remain in force for some time,” the Observatory said.
In comparison, the T8 under Typhoon Lionrock lasted 22 hours from 6:40 a.m. on Saturday until 4:40 a.m. on Sunday.
Most bus services are expected to resume at 5 p.m. while Sun Ferry Services will resume after 6 p.m. Schools and government services will remain suspended for the day.
During the typhoon, one man died, according to the Hospital Authority.
He was among 10 men and 11 women who were injured and received treatment at hospital emergency rooms by 4.45 p.m.
255 people sought refuge at 24 temporary government shelters.
Meanwhile, the government received 72 reports of fallen trees and 10 cases of flooding, though no reports of any landslides.
A video posted to a weather observation group on Facebook showed sea levels rising significantly in North Point during the early hours of the day, while swimmers continued with their exercise routine near the shore in Whampoa, Stand News reported.
The Observatory predicts that rain will continue into Thursday’s public holiday, the weekend and next week. “Under the effect of the outer rainbands of Kompasu, there will still be showers over the coast of Guangdong today and tomorrow. An area of low pressure is expected to bring unsettled weather to the central and northern parts of the South China Sea towards the weekend to early next week,” is said.
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