Typhoon signal No 3 hoisted as Nida is expected to make a direct hit on Hong Kong

The Standby Signal No. 3 has just been enforced as typhoon Nida moves quickly towards Hong Kong.

Based on the present forecast track as reported by the Hong Kong Observatory, severe tropical storm Nida is expected to be closest to Hong Kong in the early hours of Tuesday, August 2.  

Winds are expected to strengthen significantly at around sundown today with squalls, heavy rain and rough seas overnight. The Observatory will consider issuing the Number 8 Gale or Storm Signal between 6pm to 10pm. Members of the public are warned to take precautionary measures as soon as possible.

  1. Make sure all loose objects are secure, outdoor objects are taken indoors and windows and doors can be securely locked.
  2. Since there will be swells, you are advised to stay away from the shoreline and not to engage in water sports.
  3. People should avoid walking or working in areas exposed to gales and squalls. Drivers using highways and flyovers should be alert to violent gusts.
  4. Engineers, architects and contractors are again reminded that all scaffoldings, hoardings and temporary buildings should be secured.

(as advised by the Hong Kong Observatory)

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Source: Weather Underground of Hong Kong

According to the present track of the National Meteorological Center of China, the typhoon will make a direct hit on South Lantau. An expected storm surge is likely the biggest threat on the island, affecting areas such as Pui O Beach.

Over 30 flights have already been cancelled after 6pm tonight affecting major airlines such as Cathay Pacific and other international airlines.

If you are scheduled to fly out later today or tomorrow, please contact your respective airlines directly for the latest flight status updates or visit http://www.hongkongairport.com/flightinfo/eng/chkfltarr.html for the latest flight information.

Keep safe everyone, it's going to be a windy night!

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