Typhoon Nida headed towards Hong Kong, very close or direct hit.
After some remarkably consistent forecasts for a powerful typhoon hitting Hong Kong or very close by - including from ECMWF computer model - Super Typoon Usagi is now nearing Luzon strait, south of Taiwan, and indeed looks set to come very close indeed.
If it passes over land, a little to north of us, surely won't be severe impact. [This is what happened; HK had a lucky escape!]
Otherwise, even if eye passes somewhat to south, highly threatening.
As well as employing computer models and weather station info, the Hong Kong Observatory is employing reconnaissance flights to gather data from within tropical cyclones.
Typhoon Utor headed from Luzon to west Guangdong, making landfall during afternoon 14 August 2013. Led to issuing of Number 8 signal; winds at low altitudes were strongest at Cheung Chau [nearer the storm], with several hours around gale force, n reaching storm force, on 14 August.
I took some photos n videos during afternoon of 13 August and morning of 14th:
Severe Typhoon Vicente slammed Hong Kong on 23 and 24 July 2012, with hurricane force winds blasting places including Cheung Chau.
Tropical depression Molave has strengthened to become a typhoon (as I edit at noon on 17 July, around 350km ese of HK), and now on course towards Hong Kong. Looks set to hit early on 18 July.[Note on 19 July: it passed just to north of HK, across Shenzhen.]
Just seen forecast for Tropical Storm Hagupit; and Joint Typhoon Warning Center track is "interesting" - ie, could become pretty powerful typhoon, and head to somewhere around (or over) Hong Kong.
Edit: indeed proved "interesting" - one of the strongest storms (or the strongest storm) to affect Hong Kong in recent years. Moved west across sea to south of Hong Kong, approaching to within 180km (roghtly the distance as I edit this, with winds at Cheung Chau severe storm force to almost hurricane force; night time, so not good for photos/video). Here's some video I shot this afternoon - winds stengthened quickly from lunchtime; waves built up rapidly too.
Here's some video from Cheung Chau this morning, including winds/rain as eye making landfall around 300km wsw of Hong Kong, and some coastal damage on Cheung Chau:
Severe Tropical Storm Kammuri just hit Hong Kong; not direct, but caused gales n storm force winds, and Number 8 signal in force for much of daytime today, 6 August.
I took this yesterday, at Shek O - Kammuri still brewing, and some distance away, but good swell, w surf on rocks.
Severe Tropical Storm Pabuk looked to have passed Hong Kong, but turned and hit as a tropical storm.
Severe Tropical Storm Pabuk looked set to have passed Hong Kong, barely causing an impact other than a pulse of thunderstorms, some rain. Headed towards Hainan, and forecast to dwindle to nothingness. But, it stopped, strengthened again, and turned around - and headed straight for Hong Kong as a tropical storm, hitting on 10 August; seems the rather hazy centre hit Lantau, before it moved off towards west, and weakened..
Led to hoisting of Number 1 and then, a couple of hours or so later, the Number 8: latter causing massive confusion, as people scurried home from work.
Here are views from Cheung Chau, as Pabuk approached (again!), and as it came close, with intense rainband.
I had to take a ferry. As I neared the pier, passed bicycles blown over by powerful wind, and this broken tree branch.
The ferry took 15-20 minutes just to leave the pier! - blown against it by the wind!
Even in the typhoon shelter, the gale to storm force wind was blasting small waves w white water. Here, took shot in pelting rain.
There were big waves - some 3-4 metres? - soon after the ferry left the typhoon shelter. The ferry took an unusual course, to avoid as much as possible the roughest seas towards Hong Kong - north past Hei Ling Chau, to pass near Peng Chau. Even so, once we were beyond the lee of Hei Ling Chau, the ferry rolled in big seas; a few times, rolled pretty far then hit by waves that sent spray to windows of middle deck (where I was).
I shot these clips, inc as arrived in Victoria Harbour.
Calmer in the harbour, tho some dark clouds moved over.
I arrived in Central to find large crowd of people, waiting to catch ferry to Cheung Chau. (and go home - not for holiday!) The Number 8 was imminent, or up already.
Took quite some time for ferries to arrive. When a small - two deck - ferry berthed, there was degree of chaos as people rushed along exit way, dashed onto ferry without paying, w much shouting. But then, gate closed behind them, and things quiet again: the ferry left, and I figured I was glad not to be on it, as surely would bounce even more than three-deckers (as I'd come in on).
There were tv news crews around, reporting on people waiting for ferries. (Maybe, too, on the storm - but in Central it was pretty quiet; hard to guess how rough the seas were towards Cheung Chau, and how strong the wind had been there.)