The Hong Kong Observatory has issued the Standby Signal No.1 as Typhoon Meranti makes it’s way closer to the coast of China.
As of 10am on Wednesday, the storm was estimated to be 660km east of Hong Kong and is forecast to move northwest or west-northwest at about 22 kilometres per hour towards the coast of Fujuan.
According to the Observatory, winds in Hong Kong today are not expected to strengthen significantly and the likelihood of issuing the Strong Wind Signal No.3 today is low. Meranti is expected to be closest to Hong Kong tomorrow morning, however latest forecasts indicate that it is taking a a more northwesterly track than previously thought and will skirt around 400km to the east of the territory.
Temperatures in the region are expected to remain high today as a result of the storm and a very hot weather warning is currently in place.
Image: Hong Kong Observatory