Hong Kong Observatory cancels No 1 standby signal after strong winds cancel kindergarten classes
Tropical storm still expected to bring more squally showers to city
Hong Kong woke to pouring rain on Thursday, with a No 3 strong wind signal, which was lowered to a No 1 standby signal at 11.15am and cancelled two hours later.
All kindergartens with morning or whole-day sessions and schools for children with physical or intellectual disability were suspended for the day, the government announced.
But as of 1.15pm Thursday, the signal was cancelled.
According to the Hong Kong Observatory, the outer rainbands of a tropical storm brought strong winds with occasional gales to the city.
The storm is named Dianmu, and is about 290km west-southwest of Hong Kong, though it is moving away from the city in the general direction of Beibu Wan.
Under the influence of Dianmu’s rainbands, there will be occasional squally showers during the day. Local winds will remain strong over the western part of the city and on high ground at first, the weather authority said in a statement.
The Observatory forecast a temperature ranging from 26 to 29 degrees Celsius.
The Social Welfare Department advised citizens not to take their children or other family members to childcare centres, elderly services centres or day rehabilitation units. But the centres will remain open.
The Transport Department announced that ferries between Ma Liu Shui in Sha Tin, Wong Shek in Sai Kung and Grass Island, and between Aberdeen and Po Toi Island had been suspended. Also suspended were ferries between Tuen Mun and Tai O.
Ngong Ping 360 cable car on Lantau Island also announced that the service had been delayed.
The flag-raising ceremony held at Golden Bauhinia Square in Wan Chai at 8am on Thursday was cancelled.