The Hong Kong Observatory hoisted Standby Signal No. 1 on Tuesday morning as tropical cyclone Hato gathered pace off the eastern coast of China.
Hato was within the 800-kilometer warning radius, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reports.
As the subtropical high pressure belt and Hato approached, Hong Kong was hit by hot weather on Tuesday, with temperatures reaching 37 degrees celsius.
The approaching tropical cyclone was also behind the high levels of pollution. Many air quality monitoring stations showed a nine to 10 Air Quality Health Index with very high to serious air pollution in general and roadside stations.
Hot weather is predicted for the week with occasional showers on Wednesday and a wet weekend ahead.
The heat caused other trouble after an electricity outage hit Tsz Lok Estate in Tsz Wan Shan in the early hours of Tuesday, according to hk01.com.
Lok Wong House and Lok Shing House were the hardest hit by the power failure. A residential building near Yuk Wah Street also reported a brief outage, and other buildings nearby reported flickers with their lighting.
Meanwhile, the Fire Services Department rescued a person stuck in a lift during the blackout at Lok Wong House. The person was not injured.
The two buildings had been in a complete blackout for almost two hours. The only source of lighting came from a back-up system. Many residents went downstairs because of the unbearable heat.
Power was restored at around 2 a.m.
Up till 4 a.m. on Tuesday, the Very Hot Warning Signal was still in force with the average temperature across Hong Kong at well over 30 degrees celsius.
It is still not known whether the outage was related to the hot weather or an overload due to relatively high power consumption.
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