typhoon

Typhoon Usagi towards Hong Kong as earth's strongest storm of 2013

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.

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Typhoon Utor waves pound Cheung Chau in Hong Kong

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:

utor windsurfer

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Scenes from Cheung Chau, Hong Kong, as Typhoon Koppu approached and passed Hong Kong

Typhoon Koppu passed Hong Kong over 14-15 September 2009; came within around 120km (to southwest) overnight. Major thunderstorm the evening before - see this video. In post below this, there is video from Cheung Chau, on 14th and 15th.

It was very hot on 13 September - to 34.5C on Cheung Chau; after hot few days following Hong Kong's hottest August since 1963. With a tropical storm forming near Luzon, and headed towards Guangdong, seemed thunderstorms were likely. Even so, this storm was remarkably severe - for amounts of lightning, and tremendous thunderclaps. Phew!

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Tropical Cyclone Molave aims for Hong Kong

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.]

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