Typhoon could form before Hong Kong’s handover anniversary

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People walk near Victoria Harbor in the cultural district of West Kowloon, ahead of the 25th anniversary of Hong Kong’s handover to China from Britain, in Hong Kong, China May 29, 2022. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu/ File Photo

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BEIJING, June 29 (Reuters) – Chinese meteorologists warned on Wednesday that the first typhoon of the summer appeared to be forming, bringing rain and unsettled weather to southern China ahead of the 25th anniversary of Hong Kong’s handover to continent.

Chinese President Xi Jinping will visit Hong Kong on Friday for the anniversary of the 1997 handover of the former British colony, the official Xinhua news agency reported. Read more

A tropical depression in the South China Sea is likely to develop into a typhoon within 36 hours and move towards Hong Kong from eastern Hainan Island to western Guangdong Province, the national weather center said in an early morning typhoon bulletin.

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The Hong Kong Observatory said low pressure in the central part of the South China Sea had intensified into a tropical depression that would approach within 800 km (500 miles) of Hong Kong on Wednesday, according to its planned trajectory.

“Depending on local wind changes, the observatory will consider issuing the No. 1 watch signal tonight,” he said, referring to the city’s lowest storm warning.

The coastal province of Guangdong, China’s most populous province with around 126 million people, was inundated with rain this month that caused flooding as summer thunderstorms battered southern China. Read more

Gales in the South China Sea, off the east coast of Guangdong and near the Paracel Islands, are expected to reach moderate magnitudes of 6 to 7, but the wind in parts of the sea could be stronger, said said the forecasters.

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Reporting from Beijing Newsroom, Hong Kong Newsroom and Liz Lee in Kuala Lumpur; Editing by Robert Birsel

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