The Hongkong Observatory has suspended the eight typhoon ball.

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 The Hongkong Observatory has suspended the eight typhoon ball.


At 01:10 on September 16, the Hong Kong Observatory raised the Tropical Cyclone Warning Signal No. 3 to No. 8, commonly known as Typhoon 8. It is not possible to issue a higher level tropical cyclone warning signal according to the real-time situation of typhoons.

Typhoon 8 means that Hong Kongs offshore waters are now or are expected to be generally affected by strong winds or storms, with sustained winds of 63 to 117 kilometres per hour, gusts more likely to exceed 180 kilometres per hour, and winds likely to continue.

According to the instructions of the Observatory, after the suspension of Typhoon 8, Hong Kong will be shut down, shut down or partially shut down. Buses, minibuses and some railways will be shut down. The public should pay attention to the following matters:

1, before the gale blows, all windbreak measures should be done first. Lock doors and windows if there is a cross bar. Sticking adhesive tape to windy glass windows can reduce damage if the glass breaks.

2, do not stand near windy windows in the house. A safe place in the house should be selected as early as possible so that the glass can be avoided if it breaks down.

3, the owner of the light box signboard cut off the power of the sign.

4, please park the vehicle in a safe place.

5. Affected by storm surges, serious flooding or seawater recharge may occur in low-lying areas. The public should try to avoid entering low-lying areas that may be affected and away from dangerous areas.

6, if circumstances permit, the public should return home as early as possible so as not to stay in the streets.

Since 1884, Hong Kong has been using a cylindrical, spherical and conical (commonly known as wind balloons) signal system to disseminate information about tropical cyclones and their approximate location to ships in the harbour. When the tropical cyclone approached Hongkong, it warned the residents that the strong wind would blow on Hongkong.

The No. 8 northeast wind ball released this year.

In the ensuing decades, the meaning of the number changed until January 1, 1973, when the warning signals of five tropical cyclones, No. 1, No. 3, No. 8, No. 9 and No. 10, were identified. The greater the number, the higher the level, and the signal system of the series has been in use until now. But Hong Kong residents still call typhoon warning the first time they hang a landmark, that is, a windball, which is now a common term for hanging a windball.

Historical photos of Typhoon No. 10 (source: Hongkong government news network)

The Hong Kong Observatory has hung up 13 top-level typhoon No. 10 since Hong Kong had a detailed wind balloon record in 1946, the latest of which was the super typhoon dove that hit Hong Kong on August 23, 2007. Source: CCTV News Mobile editor: Ji Guo Jie _NBJ11143

The Hong Kong Observatory has hung up 13 top-level typhoon No. 10 since Hong Kong had a detailed wind balloon record in 1946, the latest of which was the super typhoon dove that hit Hong Kong on August 23, 2007.