T3 Storm signal is still in force, possibility of T8 being hoisted this morning is low

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31st July 2019 – (Hong Kong) T3 Storm signal is still in force. Gusts reaching 80 kilometres per hour or above may affect Hong Kong.

In the past few hours, the tropical storm adopted a more northerly track. According to the present forecast track, the tropical storm will edge gradually closer to the coast of western Guangdong and will be closest to Hong Kong later today, skirting around 300 kilometres to our southwest. The chance of issuing Gale or Storm Wind Signal, No. 8 this morning is not high.

However, with the tropical storm edging closer to the coast of western Guangdong, local winds are expected to strengthen with heavier rain during the day. Seas will also be rough with swells. You are advised to stay away from the shoreline and low-lying areas, and not to engage in water sports.

In the past hour, the maximum sustained winds recorded at Tate’s Cairn, Waglan Island and Green Island were 58, 58 and 51 kilometres per hour with maximum gusts 75, 75 and 69 kilometres per hour respectively.

Weather forecast for today:

Strong east to northeasterly winds, occasionally gales offshore and on high ground, becoming southeasterlies laterCloudy with occasional squally showers and thunderstormsShowers will be heavy at times. The maximum temperature will be about 29 degrees. Seas will be rough with swells.

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