Observatory may upgrade T1 signal to T3 later today as Typhoon Haima approaches city

The T1 signal has been hoisted for a second time this week as Typhoon Haima (which, fun fact, means seahorse in Chinese) gallops towards Hong Kong, just half a day after parts of the city were paralysed by flooding during a Black Rainstorm.

The Hong Kong Observatory (HKO) hoisted the Tropical Cyclone Standby Signal No. 1 at 8:20am today, which means a typhoon is centred within around 800 kilometres of Hong Kong.

At 12pm, Haima was estimated to be about 670 kilometres southeast of Hong Kong, and is forecast to move northwest or west-northwest across the South China Sea, at roughly 22 kilometres an hour.

The HKO says it will consider upgrading the T1 to a T3, which indicates that strong winds are expected, or are already blowing generally in Hong Kong near sea level. 

Typhoon Haima is predicted to be closest to Hong Kong tomorrow, and may come within 100 kilometres of the territory.


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