Tropical cyclone signals cancelled

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 27 September, 2005, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 27 September, 2005, 12:00am

All tropical-cyclone signals were cancelled yesterday, with fine weather expected in the next few days.

The Hong Kong Observatory said the weather would be cloudy with occasional squally showers and thunderstorms today and fresh easterly winds could be quite strong over offshore waters and on high ground.

A strong-monsoon signal was issued shortly before 1pm yesterday, with the mean speed of strong winds exceeding 40km/h.

But the weather will gradually improve and will be mainly fine starting from tomorrow, as a ridge of high pressure brings good weather to southern China in the middle of this week.

At 8.20am yesterday, the observatory lowered the first No3 signal of the year, as Typhoon Damrey moved away from Hong Kong and headed towards Hainan Island, where the storm made a landfall yesterday morning.

The strong-wind signal was first issued at 8.40am on Saturday, as Damrey reached about 300km south of Hong Kong in the afternoon.

But the rain bands associated with Damrey still affected Hong Kong, Guangdong and the northern part of the South China Sea, and a thunderstorm warning was in force until 10am yesterday.

Heavy downpours brought more than 70mm of rainfall to Sha Tin, Tai Po, Yuen Long and Sai Kung in the morning.

The Education and Manpower Bureau said all classes of whole-day kindergartens and schools for disabled children and mentally handicapped students were suspended because of the bad weather.

The Social Welfare Department urged the public not to take their children or family members to child-care centres, elderly centres or other workshops.