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Trial Service on Warnings via SMS

Hong Kong Observatory launches on 1 September 2004 a trial warning service based on Short Message Service (SMS) technology. Airport users can now receive on their cellular phones aerodrome warnings for Hong Kong International Airport and tropical cyclone signals for Hong Kong in the form of SMS messages. The aim is to provide timely update on the latest weather warnings to users, particularly outdoor workers. The service is part of a pilot project to evaluate the performance and viability of using SMS as a means to disseminate weather warnings.

Sample SMS message on tropical cyclone warning