Signal Number 1 raised over Hong Kong

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Victoria Harbour (File photo)

The Hong Kong Observatory (HKO) has raised Standby Signal, Number 1 over HK due to a tropical depression southwest of the city.

The HKO issued the Signal Number 1 at 3:40 p.m. because the tropical cyclone was within 800 kilometres of Hong Kong and may affect the city.

“At 4 p.m., the tropical depression near Leizhou Peninsula was estimated to be about 450 kilometres west-southwest of Hong Kong (near 20.9 degrees north 110.1 degrees east) and is forecast to move north slowly across Leizhou Peninsula in the general direction of Guangxi,” the HKO said.

“According to the present forecast track, the tropical depression will be closest to Hong Kong around midnight tonight. Its outer rainbands will affect Hong Kong occasionally. Winds will be strong offshore and on high ground,” it added.

However, the HKO said the chance of general strong winds over Hong Kong was not high.

“The chance of issuing the Strong Wind Signal, No. 3 is low,” it said.

The HKO urged the public to take precautions like clearing drains of obstructions and checking windows and doors.

“People planning to visit Guangdong, Macau, outlying islands or remote parts of Hong Kong should note that changes in weather may affect your trips,” it said.

“There will be swells and rough sea, you are advised to stay away from the shoreline,” it added.

The HKO said construction and property management practitioners “should make sure that overhanging facilities and temporary structures outdoors are securely fastened, and should take precautionary measures.”

The Observatory also urged the public to listen to the radio, watch TV or browse its website and mobile app for latest information on the tropical cyclone.

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