HONG KONG (China Daily/Asia News Network): The Hong Kong Observatory issued typhoon warning signal No 3 on Friday (Oct 8) morning as tropical storm Lionrock moved toward the vicinity of Hainan Island.
The signal, issued at 4:40am, means that winds with mean speeds of 41 to 62 kilometers per hour were expected in Hong Kong.
"Under the combined effect of Lionrock and the northeast monsoon, winds are generally strong over the coast of southern China with occasional gales offshore and on high ground," the observatory said in its weather bulletin issued at 12:45pm.
The typhoon signal No 3 is expected to remain in force today and overnight tonight, the HKO said.
At 1pm, Lionrock was estimated to be about 610 km southwest of Hong Kong and is forecast to move north at about 10 kilometers per hour towards the vicinity of Hainan Island.
The heavy rain associated with Lionrock brought heavy showers and squalls to the territory, prompting the observatory to once issue the highest black rainstorm warning at 11:45pm on Thursday. The signal was lower to red about an hour later.
The Red Rainstorm Warning Signal – the second of a three-tier rainstorm system – means heavy rain has fallen or is expected to fall generally over Hong Kong, exceeding 50 millimeters in an hour, and is likely to continue.
The HKO said members of the public should be aware of rough seas and swells and stay away from the shoreline.
The Education Bureau said classes of kindergartens, schools for children with physical disability and schools for children with intellectual disability are suspended Friday. Students of PM schools also do not have to attend school today, it added.
The government's citywide vaccination services were once suspended during the black rainstorm warning but have since resumed when the signal was lowered.
For persons with a booking affected by the suspension of vaccination service, their booking will be rescheduled to a later date and they will be informed of their new appointment date and time by SMS notification, the government said.
If their booking is for the second vaccination dose, they may go to the centers they selected in their original booking during the remaining opening hours for vaccination today, the government added.