The Shenzhen Metereological Bureau (SZMB) and the Hong Kong Observatory (HKO), raised their first storm advisories yesterday as Tropical Storm Wipha appeared several hundred kilometers south of Shenzhen. 

At 10 p.m. the SZMB raised their Typhoon Warning to Blue.

The HKO’s Strong Wind Signal, No. 3 is now in force as well. This means that winds with mean speeds of 41 to 62 kilometres per hour are expected.

At 11 a.m., Tropical Storm Wipha was estimated to be about 380 kilometres south of Hong Kong (near 18.9 degrees north 113.7 degrees east) and is forecast to move northwest at about 15 kilometres per hour towards the vicinity of western Guangdong. 

In the past few hours, Wipha adopted a more northerly track. According to the present forecast track, Wipha will edge gradually closer to the coast of western Guangdong and will be closest to Hong Kong later today, skirting around 300 kilometres to our southwest. Local winds are expected to strengthen this afternoon. The Observatory will consider issuing the Gale or Storm Signal, No. 8 between noon and 2 p.m.

The rainbands associated with Wipha will bring heavy showers and squalls to the territory. Seas will also be rough with swells. You are advised to stay away from the shoreline and low-lying areas, and not to engage in water sports.

The SZMB has also issued a Yellow Rainstorm Warning citywide, and the HKO has issued their Thunderstorm Warning, valid until at least 3 p.m. today.

Thunderstorm Warning issued at 3:45 a.m. on 31 Jul 2019 has been extended until 3:00 p.m. today. Squally thunderstorms are expected to occur over Hong Kong. Gusts exceeding 70 kilometres per hour were recorded at Waglan Island and Tap Mun at around 11:00 a.m. respectively.

Gusts reaching 80 kilometres per hour or above may continue to affect Hong Kong.

HKO’s Precautionary Announcements with No. 3 Signal

  1. Please take precautions now. Make sure objects likely to be blown away are securely fastened or taken indoors. Check if all windows and doors can be securely locked.
  2. Drains should now be cleared of leaves and rubbish. People in low-lying areas should take precautions against flooding.
  3. Avoid staying in areas exposed to high winds. Drivers using highways and flyovers should be alert to violent gusts.
  4. Construction and property management practitioners should make sure that overhanging facilities and temporary structures outdoors are securely fastened or placed on the ground, and complete precautionary measures as soon as possible.
  5. Small vessel owners should now complete all safety arrangements and return to nearby typhoon shelters.
  6. Listen to radio, watch TV or browse the Hong Kong Observatory’s website and mobile app for the latest information on the tropical cyclone.

SZMB’s weather forecast for today, as of 11 a.m.

Source : http://www.shekoudaily.com/

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