Sunday, September 22, 2013

Typhoon Usagi Update #12 (LANDFALL)

Issued (13 UTC) 9pm PhT 092213

Typhoon Usagi has made landfall in Guangdong Province a few hours ago. The storm center was last located approximately 130km west southwest of Shantou or about 160km east northeast of Hong Kong. Maximum sustained winds have now gone down to about 150kph with gusts of up to 185kph. Typhoon Usagi is moving west northwestward at 20kph.

Hong Kong Observatory has now issued Signal No. 8 for the threat of strong winds, heavy rains, and storm surges. Residents are advised to continue to monitor the latest news via media and the internet. Click HERE for the latest warnings and forecasts from HKO.

IR Image from NRLMRY

Latest satellite image shows the eye of Usagi has now disappeared as it moves inland. Usagi made landfall about two hours ago in the coastal area of Guangdong Province, just southwest of the city of Shantou. This region is highly populated with more than 15 million people living in the area. Strong winds and heavy rains will continue to impact the said areas with the worst weather spreading into the west.

Radar Image from CMA

Latest radar image from Guangdong shows the center of Usagi moving inland bringing bands of moderate and even heavy rains across the region. The big cities of Shantou and Hong Kong continue to get pounded with heavy rains and strong winds although Shantou should start to see improving conditions in about 6 hours' time whilst Hong Kong will continue to have stormy conditions through the morning hours. For the latest radar images and forecasts, click HERE (CMA Website).

Typhoon Usagi will continue to rapidly weaken as it moves west northwesterly. It is forecast to pass within 100km north of Hong Kong by early tomorrow morning Monday) bringing strong winds and heavy rains in the metropolitan area. Usagi should weaken to a Tropical Storm by tomorrow afternoon but will continue to bring stormy conditions through the next few days.

We'll have another update.

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