The Hong Kong Observatory is considering raising the strong wind signal No. 3 around noon Monday as tropical cyclone Nida moves closer.
Signal No. 1 is in force.
At 8 a.m., Nida was estimated about 530 kilometres east-southeast of Hong Kong and is forecast to move northwest or west-northwest at about 25 kilometers per hour, edging closer to the coast of Guangdong and intensifying gradually.
Nida will be closest to Hong Kong tonight to Tuesday morning.
Winds over Hong Kong will strengthen significantly around dusk Monday and the weather will deteriorate rapidly after sunset.
There will be squalls, heavy rain and rough seas and flooding in low-lying areas.
If Nida makes a direct hit or passes just to the south, Hong Kong will be more severely affected, according to the Observatory.
If the storm surge brought about by Nida coincides with the high tide on Tuesday morning, the threat of flooding will further increase.
The Observatory said the public should take all precautionary measures as soon as possible.
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