Typhoon Signal Number 1 (T1) raised over HK

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Typhoon Signal Number 1 is now in effect over Hong Kong due to a tropical cyclone in the South China Sea, the Hong Kong Observatory said.

The Observatory also said that the city could expect stormy or rainy weather until next Saturday (August 18).

“The Standby Signal, No. 1 is in force. This means that a tropical cyclone now centred within about 800 kilometres of Hong Kong may affect us,” the Observatory said.

At 8 p.m., the tropical depression over the northern part of the South China Sea was estimated to be about 520 kilometres south-southwest of Hong Kong, it added.

The Observatory said the tropical cyclone was expected to move “north-northwest at about 12 kilometres per hour in the general direction towards the vicinity of the coast of western Guangdong to Hainan Island.”

“According to the present forecast track, the tropical depression will keep a distance of about 500 kilometres from Hong Kong tonight,” the Observatory said.

It said the chance of issuing the Strong Wind Signal No. 3 was “not high tonight.”

“The outer rain bands associated with the tropical depression will affect Hong Kong in the next couple of days,” the Observatory said.

“There will be occasional squally showers and thunderstorms. Winds will be occasionally strong over offshore waters and on high ground,” it added.

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