A black storm warning has been in effect since 4 p.m. Wednesday, with the Hong Kong Observatory warning people to brace for more rain ahead.
Heavy rain exceeding 70 millimetres an hour was expected to hit Hong Kong as the tropical monsoon continued over the area, according to RTHK.
The turbulent weather is set to continue into Thursday when the Observatory will raise Standby Signal No. 1 ahead of Super Typhoon Haima’s approach.
It said Haima will edge closer to the coast of Guangdong on Friday and may come within 100 kilometres of Hong Kong, posing a threat.
Haima was approaching the Philippines on Wednesday with sustained winds of 225 kilometres an hour and gusts of 315 kilometres an hour, AFP reports.
Authorities warned coastal communities to expect storm surges of up to five metres.
Haima was forecast to pass over Luzon on Thursday, then track towards southern Hong Kong.
The storm was forecast to hit the same area devastated by Super Typhoon Haiyan in 2013, claiming more than 7,350 lives.
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