Strong Wind Signal, No. 3 to be extended till 6am, Tropical Storm Mulan closest to HK later this morning


10th August 2022 – (Hong Kong) According to Hong Kong Observatory The broad outer rainbands associated with Mulan are affecting the northern part of the South China Sea and the coast of Guangdong, bringing heavy showers, violent gusts and thunderstorms to the territory. According to the present forecast track, Mulan will be closest to Hong Kong later this morning, skirting more than 300 kilometres to the southwest of Hong Kong. Since the region of gale force winds near the centre of Mulan is relatively small, and maintains a distance from Hong Kong, unless Mulan intensifies significantly or takes a track closer to Hong Kong, the Strong Wind Signal, No. 3 will remain in force before 6am tomorrow. The Observatory will closely monitor the development and movement of Mulan to assess the need for issuing higher signals. Members of the public are reminded to take note of the latest weather information before leaving home tomorrow morning.

Local winds are generally strong. However, under the influence of showers, there will be violent gusts with occasional gale force winds over the offshore waters and on high ground. Besides, as the astronomical high tide will occur tomorrow, storm surge induced by Mulan may lead to flooding in low-lying areas tomorrow morning. Members of the public should be on the alert, and take precautions against high winds and flooding as early as possible.

In the past hour, the maximum sustained winds recorded at Tap Mun, Tate’s Cairn and Cheung Chau were 64, 62 and 60 kilometres per hour with maximum gusts 81, 93 and 73 kilometres per hour respectively.