Typhoon Signal Number 3 raised in HK due to Tropical Storm ‘Ewiniar’
The Hong Kong Observatory (HKO) has raised typhoon Signal Number 3 (T3) due to Tropical Storm Ewiniar.
The HKO said T3 or the Strong Wind Signal meant wind speeds of 41 to 62 kilometres per hour are expected in the territory. This is different from Public Storm Signal Number 3 in the Philippines, which means wind speeds of 100 to 185 kilometers per hour are expected.
“At 3 p.m., Tropical Storm Ewiniar was estimated to be about 310 kilometres west-southwest of Hong Kong (near 21.0 degrees north 111.5 degrees east) and is forecast to move north or north-northeast at about 10 kilometres per hour edging closer to the coast of western Guangdong,” the HKO said in its bulletin.
According to the present forecast track, Ewiniar will keep a distance of about 300 kilometers from Hong Kong today.
“Its rainbands will bring squalls and heavy rain to the territory. Members of the public should stay on the alert. The chance of issuing the Gale or Storm Wind Signal, No. 8 today will be relatively low,” the HKO said.
Outer rainbands associated with Ewiniar will still bring squally showers to the coast of Guangdong in the next couple of days, it added.
The HKO urged the public to take precautionary measures like clearing drainages while people in low-lying areas should be ready for flooding.
“Please take precautions now. Make sure objects likely to be blown away are securely fastened or taken indoors. Check if all windows and doors can be securely locked,” the Observatory said.
“Seas are rough and there are swells, you are advised to stay away from the shoreline and low-lying areas, and not to engage in water sports,” it added.
The Observatory said members of the public should avoid staying in areas exposed to high winds.
“Drivers using highways and flyovers should be alert to violent gusts. Construction and property management practitioners should make sure that overhanging facilities and temporary structures outdoors are securely fastened or placed on the ground, and complete precautionary measures as soon as possible,” the HKO said.
It urged the public to listen to radio, watch TV or browse the HKO website and mobile app for the latest information on the tropical cyclone.