Tropical depression Ewiniar makes landfall in Guangdong, but typhoon signal No 3 unlikely, Hong Kong Observatory says
Heavy showers and squalls expected, with occasional strong winds over offshore waters and on high ground
Heavy rain in Hong Kong on Wednesday brought about by tropical depression Ewiniar sparked the rescue of a family in Tai Po after their home was flooded.
The storm made landfall in western Guangdong province’s Xuwen county, while in Hong Kong, the amber rainstorm warning was in place for nearly two hours although the Observatory said the chances of typhoon signal No 3 being issued were not high.
At about 12.45pm, police were called to Po Sam Pai Tsuen off Ting Kok Road in Tai Po after a woman, 85, notified authorities. She was trapped with two family members in their home after it flooded to a depth of 1 metre.
A police spokesman said no one was injured in the incident.
Weather officials said there would be flooding in some low-lying and poorly drained areas. “People who are likely to be affected should take necessary precautions,” the Observatory said.
Outer rainbands associated with the storm system would continue to bring heavy showers and squalls to the city, with occasional strong winds over offshore waters and on high ground.
The typhoon signal No 1 issued on Tuesday was still in force. At 1.10pm on Wednesday, the Observatory issued an amber rainstorm warning. This means heavy rain has fallen or is expected to fall generally over Hong Kong, exceeding 30 millimetres in an hour. The warning was cancelled at 2.50pm.
The thunderstorm warning, issued at 1.55am, was extended to 6pm.
“The development and movement of Ewiniar in the next few days will be erratic with high uncertainty. The Observatory will continue to closely monitor its movement,” the forecaster said on Wednesday.
It added that the tropical depression was expected to linger in the vicinity of the Leizhou Peninsula, in the southernmost part of Guangdong province where Xuwen county is located, staying about 400km (250 miles) from Hong Kong.
“Unless Ewiniar intensifies significantly, the chance of issuing the strong wind signal today will not be high” the Observatory said.
The weather for Wednesday was expected to be cloudy with squally showers and thunderstorms. Showers would be heavy at times.
Flash floods were also expected and people were advised to stay away from watercourses.
The maximum temperature would be about 29 degrees Celsius (84 Fahrenheit), with moderate to fresh east to south-easterly winds, occasionally strong offshore and on high ground. There would be swells.
Squally showers and thunderstorms were also expected in the next couple of days.