The Hong Kong Observatory replaced the No. 8 southwest storm signal issued at 12.10 a.m. by the strong wind signal No. 3 at 4.40 a.m. as Tropical Storm Merbok continued to move away from Hong Kong.
Public transport services have gradually resumed to normal.
The Rainstorm warning signal is now Amber. This means that heavy rain has fallen or is expected to fall generally over Hong Kong, exceeding 30 millimetres in an hour, and is likely to continue.
As the signal no. 3 is in force, morning classes and whole-day kindergartens, schools for children with physical disability and schools for children with intellectual disability remain suspended.
If the Hong Kong Observatory cancels signal no. 3 before 10.30 a.m., classes of afternoon kindergartens will resume today.
Strong winds are still affecting Hong Kong with occasional gales offshore and on high ground. Strong wind signal No. 3 will remain in force for some time during the morning.
When strong winds no longer affect Hong Kong, the Observatory will cancel all the tropical cyclone warning signals.
Under the influence of the rainbands of Merbok, there will be heavy rain and squalls in Hong Kong during the morning.
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