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aaaA picture of foreign domestic helper (FDH) cleaning a window from the outside after Super Typhoon Mangkhut hit Hong Kong has gone viral online. According to the Filipino helper who shared the photo online, the picture showed an unidentified FDH going outside of the window of her employer's flat on the 14th floor of their tower in South Horizons after the typhoon hit. She said the photo was taken at around 9 a.m. or while the Typhoon Signal Number 3 (the Strong Wind Signal warning) was still raised over Hong Kong. The Hong Kong Observat...

September 17, 2018
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aaa  The Hong Kong Observatory (HKO) raised Hurricane Signal No. 10 over the city due to Super Typhoon Mangkhut. The HKO issued the warning at 9:40 a.m. which means that winds with mean speeds of 118 kilometres per hour or more are expected. "At 10 a.m., Severe Typhoon Mangkhut was centred about 150 kilometres south-southeast of Hong Kong (near 21.0 degrees north 114.5 degrees east) and is forecast to move west-northwest at about 30 kilometres per hour towards the coast of western Guangdong," the Observatory said. " TheHurricane S...

September 16, 2018
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Hong Kong is now under Typhoon Signal Number 9 (T9) with Super Typhoon Mangkhut expected to be nearest to the city by noontime today (September 16).

The Hong Kong Observatory issued the T9 warning this korni ng and said it would consider whether to issue a higher storm warning (T10) “depending on the local wind changes.”

"The Increasing Gale or Storm Signal Number 9 is in force," the Observatory said in a weather bulletin.

At 8 a.m., the Observatory said Super Typhoon Mangkh...

September 15, 2018
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aaaThe Hong Kong Observatory raised this afternoon Typhoon Signal Number 3 over HK due to approaching Super Typhoon Mangkhut. In a Tropical Cyclone Warning Bulletin released at 4:20 pm, the Observatory said it expects to raise Signal Number 8 by midnight tonight. The South China Morning Post reported that Hurricane Signal Number 10 might even be raised over the city by tomorrow. "The Strong Wind Signal, No. 3 was issued at 4:20 p.m. This means that winds with mean speeds of 41 to 62 kilometres per hour are expected," the Observatory said....

September 15, 2018
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aaaThe Hong Kong Observatory has raised the Amber rainstorm warning over the city and also warned of possible flash floods in the northern New Territories. The Observatory issue the Amber Rainstorm Warning Signal at 1:20 p.m. which meant that heavy rain had fallen or was expected to fall generally over Hong Kong," exceeding 30 millimetres in an hour, and is likely to continue." "There will be flooding in some low-lying and poorly drained areas. People who are likely to be affected should take necessary precautions to reduce their exposur...

August 28, 2018
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aaaTHE Labour Department (LD) has closed down two employment agencies (EA) for various offences, including overcharging three foreign domestic workers. The LD said it revoked the licenses of Galaxy Maid Employment Consultants Limited, with offices in Central and Causeway Bay and Familia Employment Agency in Tai Po, for violating HK labor laws and the Code of Practice for Employment Agencies. Labour on August 7 said it revoked the licence of Familia Employment Agency, which is located in Tai Po, after its licensee was convicted earlier of ov...

August 24, 2018
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aaa    An Indonesian domestic worker was killed this morning after a tree branch fell on her in Sau Mau Ping, local media reported. According to the news website of the Oriental Daily, a Chinese-language newspaper, the incident happened at around 7:29 a.m. near a bus stop along the new Clear Water Bay Road near Lee Hang House. One of the branches of an Indian oak tree suddenly broke and fell on the Indonesian worker’s head as she was passing by. The branch was reportedly four meters long and 15 centimeters thick. The wor...

August 21, 2018
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aaaThe Hong Kong Observatory raised Typhoon Signal Number 3 (T3) over the city this morning due to an approaching tropical storm. The Observatory said Tropical Storm Bebinca was estimated to be around 170 kilometers south-southwest of Hong Kong at 8 a. m. today and was expected to "move slowly northward, edging closer to the Pearl River Delta region." "The Strong Wind Signal, No. 3 is in force. This means that winds with mean speeds of 41 to 62 kilometres per hour are expected," the Observatory said. It added that the chance of Gales or S...

August 14, 2018
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aaaTyphoon Signal Number 1 is now in effect over Hong Kong due to a tropical cyclone in the South China Sea, the Hong Kong Observatory said.

The Observatory also said that the city could expect stormy or rainy weather until next Saturday (August 18).

"The Standby Signal, No. 1 is in force. This means that a tropical cyclone now centred within about 800 kilometres of Hong Kong may affect us," the Observatory said.

At 8 p.m., the tropical depression over the northern part of the South China Sea was e...

August 9, 2018
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aaaThe Hong Kong Observatory this morning again issued a "Very Hot Weather Warning" which it had been issuing daily since July 26. The Observatory said temperature today (August 8) could reach a high of 33 degrees Celsius and a low of 27 degrees Celsius. "Very hot with sunny periods in the afternoon," the Observatory said in its forecast for today. But relief against the hot weather is in sight with rainy weather expected to start tomorrow until Friday next week. "Sunny intervals tomorrow. The weather will become unsettled with showe...

August 8, 2018
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