Hong Kong’s meteorological agency said a typhoon signal No. 3 currently in force for the city is expected to remain until at least 6pm after tropical storm Mulan made landfall in China on Wednesday morning.
The Hong Kong Observatory said on its website on Wednesday morning that the storm made landfall over Xuwen County in Zhanjiang City in Guangdong province and is starting to depart from Hong Kong, but there are still strong winds over many places locally.
The strong wind signal, No. 3 will remain in force at least until 6pm, it added.
“When local winds show signs of weakening, the observatory will replace the strong wind signal, No. 3 with the standby signal, No. 1,” said the forecaster.
A No. 3 signal means that winds with mean speeds of 41 to 62 kilometers per hour are expected.
The observatory said that Mulan was estimated to be about 450 kilometers west-southwest of Hong Kong at noon and is forecast to move northwest or west-northwest at about 18 kilometers per hour, moving across the Leizhou Peninsula.
“The outer rainbands of Mulan will occasionally bring violent gusts. There will still be occasional gale force winds over the offshore waters and on high ground at first,” it said.
In the past hour, the maximum sustained winds recorded at Cheung Chau, Tap Mun and Waglan Island were 63, 59 and 51 kilometers per hour with maximum gusts 73, 75 and 62 kilometers per hour respectively.
The Education Bureau announced that classes in kindergartens, schools for children with physical disability and schools for children with intellectual disability are suspended today.
The forecaster added that members of the public should remain on the alert and stay tuned to the latest information on the storm.
“Seas are very rough and there are swells. You are advised to stay away from the shoreline and low-lying areas, and not to engage in water sports,” it said.
The observatory also advised members of the public to avoid staying in areas exposed to high winds, while drivers using highways and flyovers should be alert to violent gusts.