Observatory warns of dubious typhoon messages

Local | 14 Sep 2018 3:29 pm

The Hong Kong Observatory warned today that bogus messages were being circulated online, purporting to contain leaked information about the approaching super typhoon, RTHK reports.

Senior scientific officer Chan Ying-wa said messages were being shared on social media and WhatsApp, claiming to show detailed timings of when typhoon signals will be issued this weekend.

Chan said the observatory has never issued such information and the public should keep an eye on official announcements via the usual channels.

"This kind of information is not genuine information so the public is advised to listen to the weather information issued by the observatory. This is the real channel to obtain weather information regarding the issuance of tropical cyclone signals," he said.

Last year, an elderly brother and sister were arrested in Macau for spreading a rumor via a messaging app that the authorities had failed to make public five deaths caused by super typhoon Hato. In all, 12 people were killed when the storm hit the city. Image: Weather watch New Zealand.

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