HK Observatory raises typhoon Signal Number 1
The Hong Kong Observatory has raised typhoon Standby Signal Number 1 or T1 due to approaching tropical depression in the Souuth China Sea.
The Observatory urged the public to take precautionary measures after raising the Standby Signal, No. 1 as the tropical depression moved gradually towards Hainan Island.
“At 2 p.m., the tropical depression over the northern part of the South China Sea was estimated to be about 550 kilometres southwest of Hong Kong (near 18.2 degrees north 111.2 degrees east) and is forecast to move north at about 12 kilometres per hour towards the vicinity of Hainan Island,” the Observatory said in a tropical cyclone warning bulletin.
“The tropical depression moved northwards steadily in the past few hours and edged gradually towards the coast of Guangdong. It also strengthened slightly,” it added.
According to the present forecast track, the tropical depression will maintain a distance of over 500 km from Hong Kong for most of today.
“Unless the tropical depression takes a track closer to Hong Kong or intensify significantly, the chance to issue higher signals today will not be high,” the Observatory said.
“The outer rain bands associated with the tropical depression are expected to bring squally showers to the territory in the next couple of days,” it added.
The Observatory said the precautionary measures that public could take include clearing drains of obstructions and checking windows and doors.
“Drains should be cleared of leaves and rubbish. People in low-lying areas should take precautions against flooding. Those who have duties during a tropical cyclone should now remain on call,” it said.
“People planning to visit Guangdong, Macau, outlying islands or remote parts of Hong Kong should note that changes in weather may affect your trips. There may be swells, you are advised to stay away from the shoreline,” it added.
The Observatory also urged the public to listen to radio, watch TV or browse its website and mobile app for latest information on the tropical cyclone.