Hong Kong Observatory said this evening it would consider raising the T3 storm warning on Thursday morning as Tropical Storm Linfa blew towards the territory.

Winds are expected to increase throughout the day and squally showers are expected in the afternoon as the storm approaches.

The observatory said this evening that uncertainties in Linfa’s predicted path meant its influence on Hong Kong could not be predicted.

Satellite image of Tropical Storm Linfa heading to Hong Kong. Photo: earth.nullschool.net.

“According to the present forecast track, Linfa will edge closer to the Pearl River Delta Estuary later tomorrow. The Observatory will consider issuing the Strong Wind Signal, No. 3 tomorrow morning,” the Observatory said this evening. “Winds will strengthen gradually with squally showers tomorrow afternoon.”

“At 5pm Severe Tropical Storm Linfa was estimated to be about 460 kilometres east of Hong Kong and is forecast to move north slowly at first, then take a more westerly track later in the general direction of the eastern coast of Guangdong.”

Elsewhere Taiwan was bracing for a potential impact as Typhoon Chan-Hom churned towards the coast of Guangdong, packing sustained winds at its centre of 140km/h. It is expected to reach super typhoon status, with winds nearing 300km/h.

Hong Kong Observatory said: “Chan-Hom will move across the western North Pacific in the general direction of Ryukyu Islands and the seas north of Taiwan in the next couple of days.”

Vicky Wong

Vicky is a British-born Chinese journalist with three years of experience covering UK politics. She previously worked for PoliticsHome and has interned at Sky News and CNN International. She also co-produced and filmed a documentary about the Hong Kong protests for MSNBC, which won the grand student prize at the 2015 Human Rights Press Awards. She has a BA in Politics and International Relations from the University of Reading and moved to Hong Kong in 2014 to complete a journalism masters at the University of Hong Kong.