Severe Tropical Storm Chaba Nearing Hong Kong

The tropical cyclone now named Chaba has intensified to Severe Tropical Storm strength – intensifying rather more and faster than forecast; perhaps another storm development influenced by climate change. Looks set to make landfall as a typhoon; and T8 signal to be issued in Hong Kong around 7.10pm.

Satellite imagery, processed to indicate rainfall – intense, especially south of the storm centre.

As I posted originally, it was around 440km south of Hong Kong, heading about north, according to Hong Kong Observatory, which is among forecast agencies in good agreement it is set to take a somewhat more westerly track, land just east of Hainan early tomorrow. Now – 7pm – around 360km south-southwest of Hong Kong.

Winds strengthening in Hong Kong, as shown by records at Waglan in southeast.

Dry in Hong Kong as I posted in late morning; some sunshine as I posted this; but an intense rainband nearing HK…. – will surely bring stronger winds too. [Update: indeed it did, inc with amber rainstorm warning]

Below – some shots by me from Cheung Chau today.

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