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SMG deputy head: will review insufficiencies

The deputy head also discussed the conditions when the typhoon hit the city and the system for forecasting storms

“We will have a full review of our insufficiencies,” said Leong Ka Cheng the deputy director of Meteorological and Geophysical Bureau (SMG) during a press conference on Friday at the Civil Defense Action Centre.
The deputy director admitted that there was a lot of room for improvement in regards to how the bureau dealt with Typhoon Hato, which hit the city on Wednesday.
The super typhoon had caused 10 deaths in Macau at the time this story went to print, and the city has suffered from chaotic conditions, including damage to buildings and blackouts of power and water supply.
Many residents have denounced the SMG for not giving sufficient warnings and for the late hoisting of higher typhoon signals.
When asked by the press about the reason for the time gap in hoisting signal 8 between Hong Kong and Macau, Leong explained that it was due to the different geographical locations between the two cities.
“Most of the typhoons including Typhoon Hato and the coming Pakhar are both coming from the sea near the Philippines, from east to west,” said Leong. “Hong Kong is located on our east, and they have a bigger sea surface […] Most of the previous typhoons affected Hong Kong more because these typhoons usually strike Hong Kong first.”
Leong further explained that SMG had decided to hoist signal 8 at 9 am on Wednesday when the information collected on the bridge (Ponte de Amizade) showed the wind force had reached the criterion of a signal 8 level.
“At 7 am there was still a significant distance of the wind force level between signal 3 to signal 8,” said the deputy director. “We don’t just depend on the bridge, we did inform the public at 7 am that we would hoist signal 8 at 9 am”
The SMG deputy head pledged that more attention will be given to the alarm system, as well as ways of informing the public, in particular the content, frequency and approach.