If your weekend plans were ruined by Typhoon Roke, you weren’t the only one. A Typhoon No 8 signal was issued by the Hong Kong Observatory on Sunday at 9.20am, despite having said it was unlikely to upgrade the standby No 1 signal issued the night before.
As of 9am on Sunday, maximum sustained winds reached 44 kilometres per hour, with maximum gusts reaching speeds of 73 kilometres per hour, were recorded in northeastern island Tap Mun.
According to the Observatory’s spokesman, Alan Lee, Roke had reached Sai Kung by 10am, but that wind speeds began to drop from then.
Roke picked up northerly and moved in a northwestern direction into Guangdong. Roke weakened into a tropical depression (which means it consisted of low pressure tropical wind and rain at 62 kilometres per hour or less) by 2pm.
The Observatory downgraded its tropical cyclone warning, and issued a No 1 signal at 3.10pm as Roke began to depart Hong Kong.
A spokesman for Hong Kong International Airport said flights had been affected by the tropical cyclone, with 334 flights delayed by 5pm, and seven cancelled. Travellers are advised to check the airport’s website for the latest updates to their travel plans. Cross-border ferry services were also cancelled. The Hong Kong Book Fair was temporarily closed and only reopened after 3pm.
Roke dissipated from Hong Kong at 8pm with low pressure winds. A rainband from the cyclone lingered in Hong Kong, and an amber rainstorm was issued at 10pm.
The weather for the next few days will mainly be fine and hot, with some light showers expected in the city.