Date
20 January 2017
Carrying strong winds and heavy rains, Super Typhoon Meranti is likely to dampen celebrations for this year's Mid-Autumn Festival. Photos: Reuters, Hong Kong Observatory
Carrying strong winds and heavy rains, Super Typhoon Meranti is likely to dampen celebrations for this year's Mid-Autumn Festival. Photos: Reuters, Hong Kong Observatory

Signal No 1 may be raised on Wednesday as super typhoon nears

The Hong Kong Observatory will consider issuing the Standby Signal Number 1 by Wednesday morning, as Super Typhoon Meranti enters the South China Sea, public broadcaster RTHK reports.

That means the weather will be less than ideal for the Mid-Autumn Festival in Hong Kong.

Packing winds of 295 kilometers per hour with gusts of up to 360 kph, the typhoon is heading west across the Luzon Strait, and is expected to make landfall in eastern Guangdong on Thursday.

Senior scientific officer Lam Ching-chi said the Observatory may issue a higher signal as the weather deteriorates.

“According to the present forecast track, Meranti is expected to edge close to the coast of eastern Guangdong, in the vicinity of Fujian by Thursday,” Lam was quoted as saying.

“We expect the weather to deteriorate on the Mid-Autumn Festival.”

The typhoon is likely to dampen celebrations and disrupt traffic during the holiday period in Taiwan, Hong Kong and parts of the mainland, the report said.

Taiwanese authorities have evacuated nearly 1,800 visitors from Green Island and Orchid Island, two popular tourist destinations.

Offices and schools were shut on Orchid Island as early as Tuesday afternoon.

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