Kompasu passes by without major damages


Typhoon Kompasu saw signal No. 8 raised from 10:30 p.m. yesterday, the second typhoon this year to reach this level. The typhoon swung past Macau, crossing the South China Sea in the direction of the island of Hainan without major incidents observed.

As of 4 p.m. today (October 13), the Civil Protection Operations Centre (COPC) recorded only eight incidents during the 17 and half hours that signal No. 8 was in force.

All cases were considered minor impacts, including three cases of collapsed building plaster, concrete parts, tiles, and other objects, one case of a fallen tree, two cases of fallen (or at risk of falling) shop signage, windows, and awnings.

The COPC also registered a small fire that occurred during this period, without significant damage.

Unlike the passage of Typhoon Lionrock last week, as of 4 p.m. today there was no record of injuries or significant flooding.

As of 4 p.m., seven people had requested help and made use of shelter facilities provided by the Social Welfare Bureau (IAS).

According to information from the Macau International Airport Co. Ltd., since the number of flights to and from Macau has been reduced due to Covid-19 pandemic restrictions, no passengers are known to be stranded at the airport due to the typhoon, and only a small number of flights (fewer than 20) have been affected by the severe weather conditions.

The typhoon reached its closest point to Macau around 6 a.m. today. The Meteorological and Geophysical Bureau replaced signal No. 8 would by signal No. 3 at 5:30 p.m., as Kompasu had made landfall on the island of Hainan.

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