Tropical storm Mawar expected to be closest to HK on Sunday afternoon

02-Sep-2017 Intellasia | SCMP | 6:00 AM Print This Post

After batterings by Typhoon Hato and Severe Tropical Storm Pakhar, city on standby for more rain and wind

Tropical depression Mawar, which is threatening to bring Hong Kong its third typhoon in only two weeks, is expected to be closest to the city on Sunday afternoon when it makes landfall in Shantou, eastern Guangdong, according to weather officials.

Senior science officer Cheng Yuen-chung from the Observatory said the depression might intensify into a typhoon over the weekend, but whether it would trigger the signal No 8 warning depended on its strength as it edged closer to land.

If Mawar prompts the No 8 warning signal, it would be the first time a T8 is issued for five consecutive storms to hit Hong Kong since tropical cyclone records began in 1946.

As of early Friday morning Mawar was lingering over the northeastern South China Sea and was expected to move slowly into eastern Guangdong province and the Pearl River Estuary over the weekend, the Observatory said.

“When Mawar takes on a more definite northerly track and edges closer to the coast of Guangdong, the Observatory will consider issuing the standby signal No 1 on Friday,” authorities said in a statement released in the morning.

The latest forecast, issued at 10.15am on Friday, indicated that Mawar could indeed take a more northerly track, with landfall expected on Sunday.

Mawar’s arrival in the region comes quick on the heels of Typhoon Hato, which caused flooding and flight cancellations in Hong Kong before wreaking even more destruction in Macau and Guangdong around August 23, and Severe Tropical Storm Pakhar, which forced hundreds of flights to be cancelled in Hong Kong less than a week later.

As schools reopened after a long summer holiday on Friday, the weather was likely to be bad, with showers and thunderstorms expected in the afternoon. It was expected to be hot and hazy during the day, with a maximum temperature of 32 degrees Celsius.

Heavy rain and strong winds were expected over the weekend.


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