Typhoon “Saola” Approaching Hong Kong and Southeast China
Transportation, Government Agencies, Businesses, and Schools Temporarily Closed
Typhoon “Saola” (also known as Saola) is currently moving closer to the southeast coast of mainland China, including Hong Kong. The severity of the typhoon has prompted the closure of transportation systems, government agencies, businesses, and schools in the affected regions.
The storm is expected to reach the area late today, September 1, and make landfall tomorrow, September 2. Although it is projected to weaken, it is still anticipated to be intense.
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Typhoon “Saola” Approaching Hong Kong with Intense Winds
According to the Joint Typhoon Warning Center (JTWC), Typhoon “Saola” continues to have sustained winds of 205 km/h this morning. It is approximately 230 km away from the Hong Kong coast and moving east at a speed of about 8 km/h.
The Hong Kong Observatory has issued a storm warning at level 8, which is nearing its maximum, at 2:40 am local time. The warning levels are expected to further increase as the typhoon approaches the coast later today. Local weather conditions are anticipated to deteriorate significantly, with heavy rain and strong winds.
In response to Typhoon “Saola,” Hong Kong authorities have ordered the temporary closure of schools, businesses, and the Hong Kong Stock Exchange.
Airlines serving Hong Kong have also announced flight suspensions. Cathay Pacific has canceled all flights to and from Hong Kong between Friday and Saturday. Low-cost carrier HK Express has also canceled 70 flights to and from Hong Kong on Friday and Saturday. Other airlines, including Thai Airways and Air Asia, have also canceled their flights to Hong Kong.
China Issues Highest Level of Warning for Super Typhoon “Saola”
China has issued the highest level of warning for Super Typhoon “Saola,” which is one of the five strongest typhoons to make landfall in Guangdong since 1949.
In response, China has suspended 121 passenger trains in its southeastern regions, including Guangdong, until September 6. Additionally, China Railway Group Guangzhou has suspended nearly 4,000 trains between August 31 and September 3. Fishing boats have been recalled to shore, and many Chinese schools have postponed the start of the semester.
The China National Meteorological Center has issued a red alert, and over 100,000 people have been relocated to Fujian Province in eastern China.
While Typhoon “Saola” is expected to weaken as it approaches the shore, wind speeds are still anticipated to be around 160 km/h (85 knots). Heavy rain may cause 6-12 inches of flooding, with the worst-hit areas expected to be around Hong Kong, Macau, Shenzhen, and Jiangmen in Guangdong province. The heavy rain may also lead to flooding in cities and rivers, as well as potential landslides.
Another severe tropical storm, “Haikui,” is currently approaching Taiwan and is projected to head towards Fuzhou City in eastern China. It may also affect the Japanese prefecture of Okinawa this weekend.
Moreover, a tropical storm named “Kirogi” is located south of Japan, and it may possibly approach the Ogasawara Islands, which are approximately 1,000 kilometers south of central Tokyo, this weekend.
Sources: Al Jazeera, NHK World, The Washington Post
Typhoon “Saola” is preparing to make landfall in Hong Kong – Southeast China tonight – tomorrow to temporarily close the transportation government agencies, businesses and schools
a typhoon “Saola” (Saola) It is moving closer to Hong Kong and the southeast coast of mainland China. Its severity has forced transport, government agencies, businesses and schools to temporarily close across the region.
The storm is expected to reach the area late today (September 1), weakening but still intense. and it will blow ashore tomorrow (September 2)
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The Joint Typhoon Warning Center (JTWC) reported that this morning, Typhoon Saula still has sustained winds of 205 km/h, is about 230 km from the Hong Kong coast and is moving east at about 8 km/h.
The Hong Kong Observatory issued a storm warning at level 8, approaching its maximum, at 2:40 am local time. Warning levels are expected to rise further as the typhoon approaches the coast later today. “Local weather conditions are expected to deteriorate significantly today. with heavy rain and strong winds.”
in response to Typhoon Saola Hong Kong authorities have ordered schools, businesses and the Hong Kong Stock Exchange to be temporarily closed
Airlines have also announced the suspension of flights to and from Hong Kong, with Cathay Pacific saying it has canceled all flights to and from Hong Kong between Friday and Saturday. Low-cost carrier HK Express has announced the cancellation of 70 Friday and Saturday flights to and from Hong Kong. Including Thai Airways and Air Asia itself. He also announced the cancellation of flights to Hong Kong.
China also issued the highest level of warning for Super Typhoon Shaula, one of the five strongest typhoons to make landfall in Guangdong since 1949.
China’s southeastern regions such as Guangdong have suspended 121 passenger trains until September 6, while China Railway Group Guangzhou said nearly 4,000 trains were suspended between August 31 and September October – September 3. In in addition, all fishing boats call back to shore. And many Chinese schools have delayed the start of the semester.
The China National Meteorological Center issued a red alert. and more than 100,000 people moved to Fujian Province. east of china
In general, although Typhoon Saola is expected to weaken as it approaches the shore, wind speeds are expected to be around 160 km/h (85 knots). Heavy rain is expected to cause 6-12 inches of flooding, with the worst hit areas around Hong Kong and Macau. and then areas around Shenzhen and Jiangmen. in Guangdong province Heavy rain and its rapid accumulation can cause flooding in cities and rivers. including landslides
In addition to Typhoon Saula There is another storm, “Haikui” (Haikui), a severe tropical storm. approaching Taiwan before going to Fuzhou City east of China and likely approaching the Japanese prefecture of Okinawa this weekend.
not only that There is also a tropical storm “Kirogi” (Kirogi) away from Japan to the south of another ball. and it may also approach the Ogasawara Islands which are about 1,000 kilometers south of central Tokyo this weekend
Compiled from Al Jazeera / NHK World / The Washington Post
Photo courtesy of ISAAC LAWRENCE/AFP
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