Reply To: Tropical Cyclone Molave aims for Hong Kong


Molave’s first rainband is over Hong Kong – HK Observatory radar shows it’s intense. Some posts I’ve made to Weather Underground thread on the typhoon:

70 knots [as was reported to be strength, by HK Obs] would be Cat 1 on Saffir-Simpson Scale (albeit I believe 1-min averaging for hurricanes; 10 mins for typhoons)

Just seen HK Obs new typhoon ranking system has severe typhoon from 80knots; so Molave approaching this.

Still, even Cat 1 hurricane/standard typhoon strength storms very rare in HK lately. I’ve long wondered re what could happen w strong storm: many people don’t have experience of them (can get a bit blase re signals, esp when live in city – here on Cheung Chau, get more of a blow!); and various buildings untested.

for tides, inc actual water heights vs predicted, see:

and links to other places

w Hagupit last year, could clearly see the storm surge moving in

Quarry Bay just now showing minor increase from forecast

seeing Waglan real tim info, rainband bringing temp plunge from 24 to 26C, also wind up to 65km/hr

here on Cheung Chau, still calm, hot n humid

Wonder if will again get intrepid (Not!!) tv reporters at Star Ferry etc, where can be calm even w gales elsewhere. They want strong footage, should be on ferry to Cheung Chau, or some other place where more typically get winds n waves etc.