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Standby Signal No. 1 issued as Tropical Storm Mawar moves near Hong Kong

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The Hong Kong Observatory issued the Standby Signal No. 1 this morning as current Tropical Storm Mawar moves gradually towards the direction of eastern Guangdong.

The tropical storm remains slow-moving with maximum sustained winds of 85 kilometres an hour. According to the Observatory, winds are not expected to strengthen significantly and the likelihood of a Strong Wind Signal No. 3 is low for today.

At 11am, Mawar was estimated to be approximately 330 kilometres east-southeast of Hong Kong.

Mawar is expected to intensify into a Severe Tropical Storm tomorrow morning  with maximum sustained winds of 110 kilometres an hour. However, according to the current Tropical Cyclone Track from the Observatory, the storm may keep a distance from Hong Kong.

Showers and squally thunderstorms are expected to affect the region later today.

Hong Kong was recently hit by two storms in the last two weeks as the city’s first signal No. 10 since 2012 was issued when Typhoon Hato hit, while a No. 8 Storm Signal was issued during Severe Tropical Storm Pakhar.

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