‘Low probability’ for No. 8 signal on Sunday

No. 3 signal will be hoisted on Friday night or in the early hours of Sunday but there is a “low probability” that the No. 8 signal will be hoisted.

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Meteorological and Geophysical Bureau (SMG) Acting Director Leong Ka Cheng said on Thursday it was “likely” that the No. 3 signal will be hoisted on Friday night or in the early hours of Sunday.

However, Leong was quick to add there was only a “low probability” that the No. 8 signal will be hoisted on Sunday morning for the tropical depression that formed west of Luzon in the Philippines on Thursday morning.

According to The Macau Post Daily, Leong made the remarks during a special press conference about the government’s ongoing Hato disaster relief measures.

The super-typhoon killed 10 and injured 244 in Macau last Wednesday.

The weather station hoisted the No. 1 signal at 7 p.m. on Thursday.

Leong said her bureau forecast that the storm will be nearest to Macau on Sunday morning – 150 to 200 kilometres north-east of the city, adding her bureau forecast that the typhoon will make landfall at the coast of Guangdong province within 200 kilometres of Macau.

Leong also said that it was “possible” there will be “minor” flooding in some areas in the Inner Harbour area when the storm is approaching to Guangdong.

According to the bureau’s website, the tropical depression was located at 600 kilometres east south-east of Macau at 10 p.m. on Thursday. It was moving north-west at five kilometres per hour. The tropical depression was moving towards the east coast of Guangdong at that time, according to the website.