Issued (0030 UTC) 830am PhT 081313
Typhoon Utor (Bagyong Labuyo) has finally exited the Philippine Area of Responsibility and is now moving towards Southern China. The storm was last located approximately 460km south southeast of Hong Kong or about 580km west of Laoag City. Maximum sustained winds are at 165kph with gusts of up to 205kph. Typhoon Utor is moving west northwestward at 25kph.
As of 8am this morning, the Hong Kong Observatory has issued Strong Wind Signal No. 3 for the potential of winds of up to 62kph along with the threat of rains caused by the outer bands of Utor. Meanwhile, the China Meteorological Administration has issued an Orange Warning for the approaching Typhoon.
IR Image from FNMOC
Latest satellite image shows the center of Utor continuing to redevelop after crossing the island of Luzon yesterday. The eye is trying to clear up again with concentric bands wrapping around the low-level center. Strong convective activity also remains really good with bands of rains developing and spreading outward from the center. Some of these bands may begin to hit parts of Southern China today, including Hong Kong.
Radar Image from Hong Kong Observatory
Latest radar image out of Hong Kong shows the bands of heavy rains just offshore but is slowly moving northward and could hit the region later this afternoon. These rain bands will be accompanied by strong gusty winds that could blow some untied and loose furniture. Residents in the coastal areas are also advised to be cautious regarding high waves generated by Utor. For the latest weather warnings and radar images out of Hong Kong, please click HERE (HKO Website).
Typhoon Utor will continue moving west northwestward today and could begin to affect not only Hong Kong but parts of Guangdong and even Hainan Island. It is forecast to intensify a little bit more and perhaps reach Category 3 intensity later this afternoon. Typhoon Utor is forecast to make landfall in Guangdong Province, near Leizhou Peninsula, by early tomorrow morning (Wednesday).
We'll have another update later this afternoon.