Updated at 2.09pm: The Hong Kong observatory said it would consider raising the typhoon No. 1 standby signal to a No. 3 signal later on Wednesday when winds were expected to become stronger. The No. 1 standby signal was hoisted on Tuesday afternoon and remained in force on Wednesday as Typhoon Cimaron was approaching the South China coasts. An observatory spokesman said that at 1pm, the centre of Typhoon Cimaron was estimated to be about 440 kilometres south-southeast of Hong Kong (near 18.8 degrees north 116.2 degrees east). ?According to the present forecast track, Cimaron will continue to edge slowly closer to the coasts of Southern China,? the spokesman said. ?Combined with the effect of the Northeast monsoon, gusty strong winds are expected over offshore waters and on high ground today.? The observatory?s senior scientific officer Leung Wing-mo said: ?We expect stronger winds later this afternoon and in the evening. Even stronger winds were expected tomorrow.? ?The chance of issuing a No. 3 signal this afternoon is not high. But we will consider whether to raise it after dusk. At the time, stronger winds will begin affecting major areas in Hong Kong,? Mr Leung said.