Track of typhoon Chanthu.
Chanthu intensified to a typhoon as it churned toward south China, with Hong Kong maintaining a No. 3 strong wind signal today as the storm moves past.
The Hong Kong Observatory upgraded Chanthu to typhoon from severe tropical storm at 4 a.m. local time, senior scientific officer Mok Hing-yim said by telephone.
Chanthu was about 340 kilometers (211 miles) southwest of Hong Kong at 8 a.m. local time and is forecast to move at 14 kilometers per hour toward the western coast of Guangdong province, the Observatory said. The storm was packing sustained winds of 120 kilometers per hour near its center, Mok said.
"Chanthu will maintain a similar distance from Hong Kong for the next couple of hours. Hong Kong will still be affected by strong winds and Chanthu’s outer rain bands," Mok said. The strong wind signal No. 3 will remain in force for some time."
China raised its alert on tropical storm Chanthu to typhoon level yesterday and the National Meteorological Center said it may make landfall in southern China today, bringing heavy rains to Guangdong and Hainan provinces.

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