HONG KONG/HAIKOU (China Daily/Asia News Network): The Hong Kong Observatory said it would consider issuing the Strong Wind Signal No 3 on Thursday (June 30) evening as tropical storm Chaba intensified.
The observatory issued typhoon signal No 1 at 9:10pm on Wednesday.
"In the past few hours, Chaba gradually tracked north, and intensified slightly," the observatory said in a special cyclone warning bulletin issued at 2.45am Thursday.
"According to the present forecast track, Chaba continues to edge closer to the coast of western Guangdong. Local winds will strengthen gradually tonight. The observatory will consider issuing the Strong Wind Signal No 3 then," it added
Chaba, estimated to be about 660km south of Hong Kong at 3pm Thursday, is forecast to move north-northwest at about 15 kilometers per hour in the general direction of the coast of western Guangdong, the HKO said.
“The outer rainbands associated with Chaba are already affecting the territory,” the bulletin reads.
Showers will become frequent with squally thunderstorms.
Local winds will be strong offshore and on high ground later on Thursday and there will be swells, it added.
The HKO advised people to stay away from the shoreline, and not to engage in water sports.
On path to hit south China
The typhoon is heading toward the island province of Hainan in southern China, according to the provincial meteorological authorities.
It was observed on waters 300 km southeast of Yongxing Island in Hainan's Sansha City, packing winds up to 65 km per hour.
Meteorological authorities forecast that Chaba will move northward at a speed of 10 to 15 km per hour, with slowly increased intensity. It is expected to approach the coastal areas in Hainan and Guangdong provinces this weekend.
Some areas in Hainan, Guangdong and Fujian provinces and Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region will see heavy rainfalls and severe convective weather such as thunderstorms and strong winds.
Chaba will likely land in the western parts of Guangdong on July 3.
Meteorologists have alerted relevant areas to take preventive measures and ensure fruit and vegetable supplies. The emergency management department of Hainan has warned that ferry services in the Qiongzhou Strait might be suspended due to the typhoon.