Typhoon Mangkhut tracker: What time will super typhoon hit Hong Kong?
The category 5 monster storm is expected to the most powerful typhoon so far this year scheduled to hit the Philippines.
Around four million people are currently in Mangkhut’s path and thousands of people are being evacuated before its arrival.
Hong Kong was previously on collision course from the barrelling storm but will now avoid a direct hit after Mangkhut changed direction slightly, moving west-northwest.
But preparations have been ramped up ahead of expected torrential rain, squall and storm surges.
AccuWeather Senior Meteoroligst Adam Douty warned: “As Mangkhut crosses the South China Sea, widespread wind damage will be likely in southern China and around Hong Kong by late in the weekend, especially in coastal locations,”
What time will super typhoon hit Hong Kong?
Wide-reaching gale winds are set to hit Macau — a neighbouring province of Hong Kong — on Sunday evening local time, Hong Kong’s Government Information Bureau has said.
In Macau, up to 10inches of rainfall is predicted with warnings in place for flash flooding, while Hong Kong can expect to be smashed by 100mph winds.
Hurricane conditions will remain in the area until Monday when Mangkhut passes through.
Weather in Hong Kong “will deteriorate significantly” on Sunday, according to the Hong Kong Observatory.
In its latest statement at 6am BST (1pm HKT) HKO said: “As there will be swells in Hong Kong waters on Saturday, members of the public should stay away from the shoreline and not to engage in water sports.
“Weather in Hong Kong will deteriorate significantly on Sunday. Winds will strengthen abruptly with frequent heavy rain and squalls.
“Seas will be very rough with swells. Heavy rain and storm surge may cause flooding and backflow of seawater in low-lying coastal areas. Mangkhut will depart from Hong Kong on Monday.”
Residents are on high alert following the devasatation caused by Typhoon Hato in 2017, which killed 10 people in Macau.
One of the strongest typhoons to hit Hong Kong in 50 years, Hato caused the stock market to plummet and the widespread closure of businesses and schools.
There are warnings that Mangkhut could wipe $627 million (£478 million) off Hong Kong’s daily GDP figures.
Services are being cut and tankers headed for the country have been directed away.
Where is Mangkhut now?
The super typhoon is currently whirling 540km east of Baler Aurora Mangkhut on Luzon.
Typhoon Mangkhut will move through through the South China Sea as a “super typhoon” after smashing through the north Philippine island early on Saturday.