The Hong Kong Observatory issued a strong wind signal No.3 on Friday, July 31, and maintained it for Saturday, August 1, due to a tropical depression in the South China Sea. The system is gradually moving away from Hong Kong on Saturday; however, the Observatory warned that strong winds and heavy rain would continue to affect the territory over the weekend. Residents have been advised to ensure windows and doors are securely fastened or locked and objects that could blow away are securely tied down. The strong wind signal No.3 indicates that winds of between 41 kph (25 mph) and 62 kph (39 mph) are expected. This has been the first time since Typhoon Dot in 1993 that the city's weather forecast agency had directly upgraded to the No.3 warning from a strong monsoon signal.
Strong winds, heavy rainfall, and associated disruptions to businesses and transport are expected in the immediate term.
There is a high risk of storm systems affecting Hong Kong during the typhoon season from May to early November, although the peak period for meteorological hazards is between July and September. The impact of storm systems varies depending on intensity, although it should be noted that powerful typhoons have caused widespread disruption throughout Hong Kong in the past. Common threats include floods in low-lying and coastal areas, landslides in hilly locations, and disruption to travel, service delivery and business activity.
Individuals in Hong Kong are advised to monitor local weather reports, adhere to instructions issued by local authorities, anticipate adverse weather and power and transportation disruptions, and remember that running water can be dangerous - 15 cm (6 in) is enough to knock over an adult - and never drive through flooded streets; floodwater may also contain wastewater and chemical products.
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