T1 typhoon signal Photo: Hong Kong Observatory

The Hong Kong Observatory issued a No. 1 Tropical Cyclone Warning Signal at around 2am on Saturday as typhoon Mawar is approaching to Hong Kong.

The Standby Signal No. 1 means that a tropical cyclone now centred within about 800 kilometres of Hong Kong may affect us. However, the chance of issuing the Strong Winds Signal No 3 during the day is relatively low.

At 7am, Tropical Storm Mawar was estimated to be about 350 kilometres east-southeast of Hong Kong (near 21.3 degrees north 117.4 degrees east) and is forecast to move north-northwest slowly in the general direction of the coast of eastern Guangdong.

Mawar edged slightly closer to the coast of eastern Guangdong and its outer rainband started to affect that area.

Tsim Sha Tsui at 7:45am Photo: Hong Kong Observatory

According to the present forecast track, Mawar will make landfall over the coast east of Shanwei later on Sunday. As Mawar is relatively slow-moving, local winds are not expected to strengthen significantly on Saturday.

Locally, there will be occasional squally showers on Saturday and Sunday. Members of the public should take note of the latest weather situation in planning outdoor activities.

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