The Hong Kong Observatory issued the typhoon signal No 3 at 12.39pm on Thursday afternoon as Typhoon Yutu edged closer to the coastal waters of eastern Guangdong province.
“Unless Yutu takes on a track closer to the Pearl River Delta, the chance of issuing the No 8 gale or storm signal is not high,” a spokesman for the forecaster said.
Yutu would continue to edge closer to the coastal waters of eastern Guangdong on Thursday, he added.
The typhoon signal No 1 was issued on Wednesday morning after Yutu came within 800km of the city. At 9am on Thursday, Yutu was estimated to be about 400km southeast of Hong Kong and was forecast to move north or north-northeast at about 12km/h, crossing the northeastern part of the South China Sea.
The Education Bureau announced that classes at kindergartens, schools for children with physical disabilities and schools for children with intellectual disabilities were suspended on Thursday.
“These schools, however, should keep their premises open and implement contingency measures to look after arriving students,” a spokesman said. “They should ensure that conditions are safe before allowing students to return home. Parents need not pick up their children from school immediately.”
The weather on Thursday is expected to be mainly cloudy. The forecast is for very dry weather with sunny intervals at first, with one or two showers later. Winds will strengthen gradually in the afternoon, and there will be swells.
It will be windy on Friday, and sunny periods are expected over the weekend and early next week.