The Hong Kong Observatory has raised the T3 storm signal, as Tropical Cyclone Nangka heads towards China’s Hainan Island, west of the city.

“Under the combined effect of Nangka and the northeast monsoon, there will be high winds, heavy rain and thunderstorms over the south China coast on Tuesday and Wednesday,” the Observatory said.

Nagka track. Photo: HKO.

The T8 storm signal could be raised by dawn on Tuesday, meaning most schools and offices could close: “According to the current forecast track, Nangka will be closest to Hong Kong tonight and tomorrow morning, skirting within about 500km to the south of Hong Kong.”

Residents have been advised to check their windows and doors, stay away from the shoreline in case of swells, and ensure that temporary outdoor structures are securely fastened as a precautionary measure.

The Education Bureau advised schools to keep their premises open and implement contingency measures to look after arriving students; it said they should also ensure that conditions are safe before allowing students to return home.

Tropical Cyclone Nangka. Photo: Windy.com.

The weather is expected to improve later in the week: “An anticyclone aloft will strengthen in the latter part of this week, rain will ease off and the weather will improve over the coast of Guangdong. Another tropical cyclone is expected to enter and move across the central part of the South China Sea towards the weekend, and will further intensify,” the Observatory added.

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Tom is the editor-in-chief and co-founder of Hong Kong Free Press. He has a BA in Communications & New Media from Leeds University and an MA in Journalism from the University of Hong Kong. He has contributed to the BBC, Euronews, Quartz, Global Post and others.