Potential signal No 8 as storm approaches

Top News | 13 Oct 2020

Erin Chan

The No 8 tropical cyclone signal may be hoisted before dawn today as tropical storm Nangka edged closer to Hong Kong, bringing strong winds and rainstorms, according to the Hong Kong Observatory.

Nangka was predicted to come closest to the city overnight, skirting some 500 kilometers to the south of Hong Kong.

With the combined effect of the northeast monsoon, winds were expected to strengthen gradually, said senior scientific officer Lee Ping-wah.

The strong wind signal No 3 was hoisted at 5.10pm yesterday as Nangka intensified from a tropical depression into a storm.

At 9pm, Nangka was about 470 kilometers south of Hong Kong, moving west or west-northwest at about 22 kilometers per hour in the general direction of the vicinity of Hainan Island, Lee said.

Nangka was expected to bring intense rainstorms as it gradually moved closer to the coast of Guangdong.

"The squally showers associated with Nangka will also gradually affect the coast of Guangdong," Lee said.

"Depending on local wind conditions, the observatory will consider issuing the gale or storm signal No 8 before dawn [this morning]." The east to northeasterly winds would strengthen further today.

Lee said seas will be "very rough with swells, and the [weather] will become cloudy with frequent squally showers." There will also be thunderstorms, he said.

"As the weather will deteriorate gradually, you are advised to take precautionary measures immediately for strong wind and heavy rainfall. Stay away from the shoreline and do not engage in water sports," Lee said.

"The public should pay attention to the latest weather situation before departing home tomorrow morning."

Cheng Chung-choi, academic officer, said temperatures today would range between 24 and 28 degrees Celsius, with winds occasionally reaching strong force over offshore waters and on high ground.

The No 1 standby signal was issued at 8.40pm on Sunday.

Hong Kong issued its first No 8 signal in August as Typhoon Higos brought strong wind and rain.

It escalated to No 9, the second-highest tier in the system as the storm hovered closest to Hong Kong for about six hours.

The weather will remain windy tomorrow, with heavy rain, squalls and rough seas with swells in the early hours of the day, but rain will ease off later. After tomorrow, it will be sunny.


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