The Hong Kong Observatory is expecting to raise the T3 storm signal this evening, as Typhoon Haima edges closer to the territory.
At 5pm Haima was estimated to be around 540km southeast of Hong Kong, and is forecast to move northwest or west-northwest at around 22km per hour.
The storm has weakened slightly after making landfall in the Philippines at around 11pm on Wednesday, and has been downgraded from super typhoon to severe typhoon status. At its peak, Haima reportedly packed winds of up to 315km per hour. Maximum sustained winds at the centre of the storm are currently estimated to be 165km per hour.
According to the the Hong Kong Observatory, the T3 signal will be raised later today. If the storm continues on its current track, the T8 signal is likely to be raised overnight. Based on present forecasts, it is possible that the storm will trigger a T10 warning on Friday, however it is currently too early to confirm this.
Members of the public are advised to remain vigilant and take all necessary precautions as early as possible.
Image: Hong Kong Observatory