Typhoon alert in Hong Kong as tropical storm Jebi approaches towards Hainan Island

Published on : Friday, August 2, 2013

typhoon hong kongAccording to a recent weather forecast report, at around 4 p.m. on August 2 tropical storm Jebi was lying about 670 kilometers south of Hong Kong. It is forecast to move northwest at about 12km an hour across the central part of the South China Sea, in the general direction of Hainan Island.The Hong Kong Observatory said the typhoon standby signal No 1 remains in force.Winds with mean speeds of 41 to 62 kilometres per hour are expected.

At 2 p.m., Severe Tropical Storm Jebi was estimated to be about 470 kilometres south-southwest of Hong Kong (near 18.6 degrees north 112.0 degrees east) and is forecast to move northwest at about 25 kilometres per hour in the general direction of Hainan Island.

Jebi accelerated towards the northwest and intensified in the past few hours. Its associated outer rainbands are now affecting the coastal areas of Guangdong. According to the present forecast track, Jebi will be closest to Hong Kong around this evening, skirting to the southwest at more than 400 kilometres. The Strong Wind Signal, No.3 will remain in force for most of the time today. Unless Jebi takes a track even closer to Hong Kong, the chance of issuing higher Tropical Cyclone Warning Signals is relatively low.

Precautionary Announcements:-

1. Since seas are rough and there are swells, travellers are advised to stay away from the shoreline and not to engage in water sports.

2. Storm water drains should be cleared of leaves and rubbish, this applies particularly to dwellers in low-lying areas.

3. People should avoid walking or working in areas exposed to gales and squalls. Drivers using highways and flyovers should be alert to violent gusts.

4. Engineers, architects and contractors are again reminded that all scaffoldings, hoardings and temporary buildings should be secured.

5. Fishing vessels not yet in typhoon shelters should seek shelter without delay. Check again that all deck fittings are firmly fastened. If available, heavy anchors should be prepared and used in addition to regular anchors.

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