Date
26 September 2017
Although Kalmaegi is moving away from Hong Kong,  associated rainbands will continue to affect the territory intermittently. Photo: Bloomberg
Although Kalmaegi is moving away from Hong Kong, associated rainbands will continue to affect the territory intermittently. Photo: Bloomberg

Typhoon Kalmaegi blows past Hong Kong

Storm signal number eight remained hoisted in Hong Kong as of 7:30 a.m. Tuesday as Typhoon Kalmaegi moves away from the territory.

At 5 a.m., Kalmaegi was centered about 380 kilometers (236 miles) south-southwest of Hong Kong and moving west-northwest at about 30 kilometers an hour toward the Leizhou peninsula and Hainan island in China, according to the Hong Kong Observatory.

The Observatory would consider lowering the signal to number three between 10 a.m. and noon today.

“Although Kalmaegi is moving gradually away from Hong Kong, its associated rainbands will affect Hong Kong intermittently, and local gale force winds will persist for a period of time,” the Observatory said. “It is expected that the No. 8 Gale or Storm Signal will remain in force for some time in the morning.”

Classes in all schools are suspended. But if the storm signal is lowered to number three or lower by 10:30 a.m., afternoon and evening classes of primary and secondary schools will resume today.

More than 500 flights have been delayed, with another 50 cancelled.

People traveling by air are advised to check on the status of their flights before departing for the airport.

Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing Ltd. is expected to cancel premarket activity should signal 8 still be in force between 7 a.m. and 9 a.m., with the morning trading session to begin at least two hours after the signal is dropped. There will be no morning session if the warning is lowered after 9 a.m. and no trading for the day if it’s still in force after noon, according to its published rules.

A taxi driver has died after his vehicle collided with a private car on Lai King Hill Road in Kwai Chung Monday night, RTHK reported.  He was taken to Princess Margaret Hospital, where he was certified dead. The other driver and a passenger were injured but were conscious when taken to hospital.

The government received two reports of flooding, and 31 reports of fallen trees, the broadcaster said.

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