T8 in effect as storm edges closer to HK

The Hong Kong Observatory on Tuesday afternoon issued the No. 8 Northeast Gale or Storm signal as severe tropical storm Kompasu nears Hong Kong. At 5pm, Kompasu was about 470 kilometres southeast of Hong Kong, and was forecast to move west at about 25 kilometres per hour across the northern...

Store shelves empty as people brace for Kompasu

Long queues were formed at supermarkets and wet markets across the city on Tuesday afternoon as people rushed to stock up on supplies before Severe Tropical Storm Kompasu hits. A woman surnamed Li said she visited the supermarket on Monday afternoon but everything was gone, so she arrived earlier on...

Kompasu gains strength, signal 8 to stay before noon

The Observatory said Severe Tropical Storm Kompasu has intensified into a typhoon, and the number eight storm signal will remain in force before noon on Wednesday. Officials issued the signal at 5:20pm on Tuesday, and the SAR has been lashed by strong winds and moderate rain since then. At 6...

Police investigate fatal car crashes during storm

The police are investigating two fatal traffic accidents which occurred on Tuesday - as Severe Tropical Storm Kompasu approached Hong Kong. One of the accidents happened at around 6pm, after the signal eight was issued. A 31-year-old motorcyclist hit a lamp post after ramming a kerb as he approached Shek...

Observatory hopes to do better as new storm nears

The observatory said on Monday that it will deploy additional staff to monitor the approaching Tropical Cyclone Kompasu, saying the public messages for the storm that hit Hong Kong at the weekend were not ideal. There has been criticism over the observatory repeatedly changing its prediction as to when the...

Observatory to consider T8 signal by afternoon

The observatory says it will consider raising the No 8 storm signal later this afternoon as severe tropical storm Kompasu nears the SAR. It issued the Strong Wind Signal Number 3 at 12.40am, warning that Kompasu had intensified into a severe tropical storm. The observatory said that as of 8am...

Strong wind signal No. 3 as Kompasu nears HK

The Hong Kong Observatory (HKO) issued the Strong Wind Signal Number 3 early on Tuesday morning, as Severe Tropical Storm Kompasu edged closer to Hong Kong. It issued the signal at 12.40am, warning that Kompasu had intensified into a severe tropical storm. The HKO said that as of 6am on...