Storm clouds gather over Victoria Harbour in Hong Kong. Photo: The Observatory

The Observatory in Hong Kong is considering issuing a typhoon No. 3 signal before 2pm on Thursday as tropical cyclone Ewiniar is expected to edge closer during the day.

At 10am on Thursday, Ewiniar was estimated to be about 340 kilometers west-southwest of Hong Kong, according to the Observatory’s website. It added that winds are expected to strengthen and rain from Ewiniar will continue to bring squalls and heavy showers to the city.

Classes at kindergartens, schools for children with physical disabilities and schools for children with intellectual disabilities were suspended on Thursday, according to a government release.

Heavy rain was affecting the northern part of the New Territories, especially in the Sheung Shui and Ta Kwu Ling areas, with more than 100 millimeters of rainfall recorded on Thursday morning. Residents in the northern New Territories were advised to take necessary precautions to avoid possible flood damage.

Heavy rain may bring flash floods and the Observatory advised people to stay away from watercourses. Meanwhile, a landslide warning was issued at 7:40am and the Observatory advised people to stay away from steep slopes or retaining walls.

At 6:30am, heavy rain caused an exit at the Diamond Hill MTR station in Kowloon to be temporarily closed as water ran in from a construction site at Exit A2, but train services were not affected, the Sing Tao Daily reported.

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