The Hong Kong Observatory has released a Strong Wind Signal, No. 3, at 11:40am as Typhoon Nida is predicted to make its way near Hong Kong.

It said that it may consider raising the No. 8 Gale or Storm signal at around 6-10pm Monday evening and will not rule out raising stronger signals.

Typhoon Nida. Photo: Hong Kong Observatory screenshot.

The Observatory’s Tropical Cyclone bulletin at 9:45am said that Typhoon Nida was “moving rather fast” toward the Guangdong coast. Its latest bulletin released at 11:45am said that Typhoon Nida was about 450 kilometres east-southeast of Hong Kong and is expected to move northwest or west-northwest. The cyclone is expected to intensify gradually.

The tropical cyclone is expected to be close to the Guangdong Pearl River Estuary tomorrow, and weather is expected to “deteriorate significantly” in the area.

Typhoon Nida. Photo: earth.nullschool.com and AccuWeather.

The Ngong Ping 360 Cable Car has stopped service due to the impending severe weather, and several terminal companies have stopped accepting containers.

The tropical storm passed by the Philippines earlier and brought more than 300 millimetres of rain to the country.

Typhoon Nida. Photo: Hong Kong Observatory screencap via YouTube.

The weather is expected to be very hot during the day on Monday and reach temperatures of up to 34 degrees Celsius.

Heavy rain, cloudy skies and thunderstorms are predicted for Tuesday, and maximum temperatures are expected to reach 29 degrees Celsius. Seas are also expected to be rough.

The 9-day weather forecast. Photo: Hong Kong Observatory screencap.

The Observatory’s nine day forecast predicts clouds and rain throughout the week, returning to sunny skies with a few showers on Sunday.

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Chantal Yuen

Chantal Yuen is a Hong Kong journalist interested in issues dealing with religion and immigration. She majored in German and minored in Middle Eastern studies at Princeton University.