Macau (MNA) – Raymond Tam, head of the Meteorological and Geophysical Bureau (SMG) confirmed that a red storm surge warning (based off road levels of the Inner Harbour) will be issued at 9:00 pm on Saturday, meaning that floods of levels of 1.5 to 2.5 metres above road levels are expected.
Due to the storm surge, an alarm will be sounded and residents from low-lying residential areas will be evacuated, with 16 of planned typhoon shelters opened during that time.
These developments were announced during a joint press conference with various government departments that was called by Wong Sio Chak, the Secretary for Security.
Tam also confirmed that the SMG predicts that Typhoon Mangkhut will affect Macau most adversely at 12:00 pm tomorrow, and 150 to 200 milimetres of rain is expected.
In addition, Mr. Tam explained that the chance of raising the Typhoon Signal no. 8 is high, with an increasing chance that Typhoon Signal no. 10 would be raised around noon.
Ma Io Kun, the Commander-General of the Unitary Police Service announced that staff will be sent to residents in low-lying areas in order to evacuate the affected residents.
Ma said that around 21,000 people will need to be evacuated, and that the sixteen shelters can accommodate 24,000 people.
Wong said that the Macau SAR Government was prepared for a “worst case scenario.”
According to the secretary, five units will be dispatched to help evacuate residents.
Wong stressed that the Macau SAR Government had “not ruled out” the possibility of a Typhoon Signal No. 10, and he would not want to see any casualties as a result of residents being unwilling to move.
The secretary also mentioned that gaming operators will continue as per normal unless ordered to stop services during Typhoon Mangkhut by the Chief Executive (CE).