After watching Super Typhoon Megi (locally known as Juan) slam into The Philippines, it reorganized over water and is headed towards south China. The good news is that it seemed to make the turn north sooner than expected, and may miss densely populated Hong Kong. The storm currently has winds of 132 mph with gusts up to 161 mph. It may strengthen futher to have gusts up to 170 mph by landfall this week. See the images and forecasts in the slide show.
Winds are 115 knts (132 mph) gusting to 140 knts (161 mph).
Location: 17.7N 117.2 E
Moving North at 5 knts
Wave Heights: 36 Feet
Here is the latest Tropical Cyclone Bulletin issued by the Hong Kong Observatory.
The Standby Signal, No. 1 was issued at 4:35 p.m.
This means that a tropical cyclone now centred within about 800 kilometres of Hong Kong may affect us.
At 5 p.m., Severe Typhoon Megi was estimated to be about 570 kilometres south-southeast of Hong Kong (near 18.0 degrees north 117.2 degrees east) and is forecast to move north or north-northwest slowly across the northern part of the South China Sea and gradually edge closer to the south China coast.
Megi started to move north slowly closer to the South China Coast this afternoon. According to the present forecast track, the chance of the Strong Wind Signal No. 3 overnight tonight is not high. Under the combined effect of the northeast monsoon and Megi, winds generally over Hong Kong are expected to strengthen gradually in the next couple of days.
(Precautionary Announcements with No. 1 Signal)
1. Some precautions against damage should be taken now, gutters and drains should be cleared of obstructions. Hinges, bolts, locks and shutters of windows and doors should be checked.
2. People living in wooden huts and in low-lying areas should take necessary precautions against strong winds and flooding.
3. Those who have definite duties during a tropical cyclone should now remain on call or contact their control centres from time to time.
4. If you are planning to visit Guangdong, Macau, any of the off-shore islands or remote parts of Hong Kong, you are reminded that changes in weather may affect your plans.
5. Since there are swells, you are advised to stay away from the shoreline and not to engage in water sports.
6. Engineers, architects and contractors should make sure that scaffoldings, hoardings and other temporary structures are secured.
7. All small vessels including low power vessels and fishing vessels in open sea should seek shelter as soon as possible. Please take any precautions necessary for small vessels and secure them properly with moorings.
8. Owners of shop signs, advertisements and TV aerials which overhang public thoroughfares or which are situated on tops of buildings should make sure that the fastenings and framework of these structures are secured.
9. Listen to radio, watch TV or browse the Hong Kong Observatory’s web site for information on the tropical cyclone.
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