UPDATE: 2 September 2023
Hurricane Signal 10 is in effect as Typhoon Saola has begun weakening and is moving away from Hong Kong. As winds shift, storm surges will affect South Lantau with full moon high tide and water levels expected 3 meters above chart datum.
At 12am on September 2 Saola passed 30 km south of Hong Kong and is forecast to move West, weakening gradually.
At 5am on September 1, Saola was located 200 km East/Southeast of Hong Kong and is forecast to move West/Northwest throughout Friday and is edging closer to the coast. Moving at 10km/hour, Saola is expected pass 100 km south in 20 hours or around 3am Saturday morning at the present track and speed.
This is the eye of Typhoon #Saola approaching Hong Kong and southern China on 31 Aug, as seen from #Copernicus #Sentinel-2 via @Pierre_Markuse.
China has upgraded its emergency response to level 2 (highest level is 1).#EarlyWarningsForAll pic.twitter.com/UFD6tzBeQa
— World Meteorological Organization (@WMO) August 31, 2023
Super Typhoon #Saola is tracking toward Hong Kong and Guangdong province, China with winds over 240 km/h.
— Zoom Earth (@zoom_earth) August 30, 2023
The No 3 warning signal is now in force. #HongKong residents are preparing for the upcoming #typhoon.
The Hong Kong Observatory will issue the No 8 warning signal between 2 am and 5 am on Friday as Typhoon Saola edges closer to the city. (Andy Chong/ China Daily) pic.twitter.com/2uVq784Aru
— China Daily Hong Kong (@CDHKedition) August 31, 2023
China’s highest typhoon alert for Saola approaching Hong Kong
As #TyphoonSaola approaches the southeastern coastline, #AIS data shows a 93% drop in arrivals at Guishan port & a 46% drop at Hong Kong port compared to yesterday. Saola is expected to bring winds of more than 200kph pic.twitter.com/Q7dy6b6Kuu
— MarineTraffic (@MarineTraffic) August 31, 2023
Full moon (blue moon) at 9:35am Thursday means tides will be high.
Gusts started to appear overnight.
Secure plant pots, furniture, shades, windows and balcony doors.
Winds will switch direction quickly after passing Hong Kong.
Watch for storm surges at 8am high tide.
Batten down the hatches.
Mother Nature rules.
Let’s be safe out there and keep an eye out for our neighbors who might need a helping hand (or two) in the storm.
New Lantau Bus – read more
Local wind gusts
(Precautionary Announcements with No. 8 Signal)
1. Complete all precautions in your home. Lock all windows and doors, insert reinforced shutters and gates if they are available. Adhesive tape fixed to large window-panes in exposed positions will reduce damage and injury by broken glass. Drains should be cleared of leaves and rubbish as soon as possible.
2. Do not stand near windows on the exposed side of your home. Make sure you have a safe place to shelter, should windows be broken.
3. Flights at Hong Kong International Airport may be affected by the weather. Please contact your airline for the latest flight information before departing for the airport.
4. Please listen to radio or watch TV for the latest weather information broadcast. You can also browse the Hong Kong Observatory’s website and mobile app for the information.
By Jacqueline Cohen at Mui Wo To Tai O Families
We are protecting ourselves and our neighbors from flying debris.
1. Take everything off your roof, bring it inside
2. Take items off your balconies, bring them inside
3. Anything outside your home, either bring inside or seriously secure
4. Clear your drains – roof, balcony, ground floor. Keep checking them (when safe) throughout the storm. Clogged drains can cause flooding.
5. Inside, have towels ready and check your windows regularly, windows that never leaked before can leak in a typhoon if the wind is blowing the rain from one direction for a long time.
6. In the very unlikely event that we lose power, do know where your torches are and any other relevant supplies.
7. If possible, get electronics off the floor, if you have flooding (from a broken window, or from the roof) it can happen very fast.
8. Keep phones and back up batteries charged (from Wytske Susan)
9. Keep emergency numbers handy (from Wytske Susan)
10. For outdoor furniture that cannot come inside, turn upside down and secure in any way possible (from Bob Bunker)
11. Always have a stock of prepared food on hand in case the power goes out.
12. Prepare pet carriers and anything else your pets may need if they are scared or you have to leave your home (from Karen Rouse)
13. Check the radars, follow the weather, don’t be fooled by ‘the eye’ it is only a calm before it starts again from the other direction. The calm is a chance to very quickly clear your drains and get back inside. (from Bob Bunker)
14. Remember to bring bikes inside (from Kylie Horsfall)
15. On the rare occasion that water supplies go off, fill a bathtub with water for flushing and washing and a big pot or two in the kitchen for cooking, and drinking (from Mary Peterson Cook)
16. Keep curtains closed, it may help prevent further damage inside if your window breaks (from Shoni Kristensen)
17. Check around your home for potential ‘wind-borne missiles’ and clear them away (from Ben Mander)
18. Check in with your neighbours! It really does take a village to prevent unnecessary damage from flying debris breaking windows. (from Philip George)
19. As of Saturday night – Move cars away from low areas near water and the ferry pier areas. Also if possible try not to park under trees. (from Shizuka Grover Yasui and Bob Bunker)
20. Bring closed gas canisters inside, and if possible bring BBQ inside. If not then leave BBQ outside laying on it’s side and secured to something solid. (from Shizuka Grover Yasui)
21. When the wind is strong, close all interior doors (contractor advice from from Joyce Peng Peng)
22. Fill up water jugs on the off chance a tree or branch comes down on a local village water pipe.
23. Tie windows closed that may fly open (from Kinzie)
CLP Hotline (24 hours) +852 2728-8333 if you lose power
Water Supplies Department Hotline (24 hours) +852 2824-5000 press ‘0’ to speak to an operator
Drainage Services Department Hotline (24 hours) +852 2300-1110 for street flooding.
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Posted: 30 August 2023