MAWAR: 3rd Storm in Two Weeks Approaches Shenzhen

on 09/01/2017 - 08:43 am

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UPDATE: At 2:10pm, the HKO cancelled its No. 1 Standby Signal. With Mawar weakening into an area of low pressure and continuing moving away from Hong Kong, local winds have further moderated. However, winds on high ground will still be occasionally strong at first. As there are swells at first, members of the public should remain on the alert.

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UPDATE: At 1pm, the SZMB cancelled the White Typhoon Warning.

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UPDATE: 11:30am. The SZMB has cancelled its Rain Storm Warnings.

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UPDATE: At 10:20am, the HKO replaced the No. 3 Strong Wind Signal with the No. 1 Standby Signal.

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All Ferry Services to and from Shekou have been cancelled until at least 12pm.

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UPDATE: The HKO announced that at 10 am, Tropical Depression Mawar was estimated to be about 120 kilometres north-northeast of Hong Kong and is forecast to move west-northwest at about 12 kilometres per hour further into inland Guangdong and dissipate gradually. With Mawar continuing to weaken, local winds show signs of weakening. The Observatory will issue the Standby Signal No. 1 shortly. Winds will still be occasionally strong offshore at first. Seas will still be rough with swells. Members of the public are advised to stay from the shoreline and not to engage in water sports.

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UPDATE: At 9:10 am, the SZMB downgraded all Rainstorm Warnings to Yellow for the entire city of Shenzhen.

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Flight delays are currently being reported. Click here for real-time flight info at HKIA or click here for flight queries from Shenzhen Airport.

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UPDATE: The HKO announced that at 8 am, Tropical Depression Mawar was estimated to be about 110 kilometres north-northeast of Hong Kong and is forecast to move west-northwest at about 12 kilometres per hour further into inland Guangdong and dissipate gradually. In the next few hours, Mawar will be closest to the territory, skirting about 100 kilometres or more to the northeast of Hong Kong. Strong winds are now affecting many places of Hong Kong. When Mawar gradually departs from the territory and the local winds weaken later this morning, the Observatory will issue the Standby Signal No. 1.

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UPDATE: At 6:50 am, the SZMB issued the Red Rainstorm Warning for the following areas of Shenzhen: Dapeng、Kuichong、Pingdi、Baolong、Longgang、Kengzi、Maluan、Pingshan、Shijing、Longtian as rain "will probably affect this area within 3 hours or is affecting this area with a rainfall of more than 100 millimetres."

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UPDATE: 7am Sept 4th, The HKO's Strong Wind Signal, No. 3 is in force. This means that winds with mean speeds of 41 to 62 kilometres per hour are expected. Tropical Storm Mawar has weakened into a tropical depression. At 7 am, Mawar was estimated to be about 120 kilometres north-northeast of Hong Kong and is forecast to move northwest or west-northwest at about 12 kilometres per hour further into inland Guangdong and dissipate gradually.

In the next few hours, Mawar will be closest to the territory, skirting about 100 kilometres or more to the northeast of Hong Kong. Strong winds are now affecting many places of Hong Kong. When Mawar gradually departs from the territory and the local winds weaken later this morning, the Observatory will issue the Standby Signal No. 1.

Mawar’s rainbands will bring squally showers to Hong Kong this morning. Showers will be heavy at times. Seas will be rough with swells. Members of the public are advised to stay from the shoreline and not to engage in water sports.

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We'll continue to update this post with more information as it becomes available.

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Track the storm in real-time (use your fingers to zoom in and or move around the map below as needed: 


UPDATE: At 5:45am, the SZMB issued their Orange Rainstorm Warning for the following areas: Futian District、Nanshan District、 Yantian District、Pingshan District、Dapeng New District、Pingdi、Xin'an、Shiyan、Fuyong、Baolong、Longgang、Longcheng、Yuanshan、Henggang、Xixiang、Hangcheng

 

1. Local residents should tune in to the radio or TV for the latest rainstorm news.
2. On/off-campus school children should follow their school’s safety protocol, and children to/from school should be taken to the nearest shelters. Schools are tasked with ensuring the safety of all children.
3. Suspend large-scale outdoor/sports activities
close tourist attractions, and protect stranded tourists.
4. Closely monitor rainstorm/traffic info
avoid flooding areas, risky buildings/earthwork, dams/watercourses, power equipment/bare cables/electric shock risks
detour/avoid parking in flooding or at-risk areas.
5. Take timely indoor protective measures: close and lock all doors and windows.
6. Workers in areas or buildings at risk to flooding, including earthwork, dams, watercourses, and underground structures, should take protective measures and seek shelter.
7. Outdoor workers should cease working and take shelter.
8. Underground infrastructure operators, including metros, basement malls, underground parking structures, underpasses, and cellars, should adopt appropriate safeguards.
9. Workers working near sluiceways should closely pay attention to the flood warnings and adopt safeguards if necessary.
10. Consult airports, seaports, bus terminals and border checkpoints before going there.

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UPDATE: At 4am, the HKO announced that Tropical Storm Mawar was estimated to be about 140 kilometres northeast of Hong Kong and is forecast to move northwest or west-northwest at about 12 kilometres per hour into inland Guangdong and weaken gradually. 

Their Thunderstorm Warning was issued at 2:25 am Sep 4th and will remain in effect until 5:00 am today. A few squally thunderstorms are expected to occur over Hong Kong. Gusts exceeding 70 kilometres per hour were recorded at Waglan Island at around 2:55 am. 

Gusts reaching 70 kilometres per hour or above may continue to affect Hong Kong.

Tropical Storm MAWAR Shenzhen China Hong Kong Observatory September 4th, 4am

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At 3:32am, Accuweather reported that Tropical Depression Mawar, which made landfall near Shanwei, between Hong Kong and Shantou, will continue to move inland across southeastern China and will spread heavy rain and flooding across the region through Monday. "The compact nature of Mawar should limit its most severe impacts to a small portion of southeastern China. However, hazards still exist to lives and property in Guangdong and neighboring Fujian province, as well as the Special Administrative Regions of Hong Kong and to a lesser degree Macao." AccuWeather Meteorologist Adam Douty said that “Given that this region has seen impacts from two tropical systems [Hato and Pakhar] in as many weeks, a third cyclone could more easily bring flooding and wind damage.” They expect the worst impacts to stay north of Hong Kong, but heavy rain can still occur in the city.

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UPDATE: At 3:25am, the SZMB issued their Yellow Rainstorm Warning for the following areas: Yantian District、Pingshan District、Dapeng New District、Pingdi、Baolong、Longgang、Longcheng、Yuanshan; indicating probable or ongoing effects of rain in the next 6 hours.

The following preparedness guidelines have been issued:

1. Local residents should tune in to the radio and TV to monitor the latest rainstorm news.
2. Schools should actively monitor rainstorm info for timely, proactive response if weather conditions begin to deteriorate.
3. Personnel in areas at risk of flooding, in dilapidated buildings, or in hillside structures shouldclosely monitor the rainstorm and take safety measures as appropriate.
3. Outdoor workers should prepare for rainfall and take shelter.
4. Underground infrastructure operators, including metros, basement malls, underground parking structures, underpasses, and cellars, should adopt appropriate safeguards.
Reminder: After a rainstorm warning signal has been cancelled, personnel located by watercourses andalong risky slopesare in secondary disaster areas and should strengthen safety precautions.

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UPDATE: At 10:40 pm September 3rd, the HKO issued the Strong Wind Signal, No. 3. This means that winds with mean speeds of 41 to 62 kilometres per hour are expected. At 11 p.m., Tropical Storm Mawar was estimated to be about 200 kilometres east-northeast of Hong Kong and is forecast to move northwest or west-northwest at about 12 kilometres per hour into inland Guangdong.

At 10:45pm, the HKO announced that Mawar has made landfall near Shanwei. It will move inland and weaken gradually, but will still move closer to Hong Kong. Winds will turn to strong southwesterlies over parts of the territory. The Strong Wind Signal No. 3 will be in effect tomorrow morning (Monday).

Mawar is expected to skirt more than about 100 kilometres to the northeast of Hong Kong. Unless Mawar moves even closer to the territory, the chance to issue the No.8 Gale or Storm Signal will not be high.

The rainbands of Mawar will bring heavy rain and squalls to Hong Kong tomorrow morning. Members of the public should take note of the latest weather situation before departing home tomorrow morning.

Tropical Storm MAWAR Shenzhen China Hong Kong Observatory September 3rd 11pm

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UPDATE: At 9:30pm, the HKO extended their Thunderstorm Warning until 11:45pm.

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UPDATE: At 8:25pm, the HKO extended their Thunderstorm warning until 9:45pm.

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UPDATE: At 7:25pm, the HKO extended their Thunderstorm warning to 8:45pm.

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1UPDATE: At 5:55pm, the HKO extended their Thunderstorm warning until 7:45pm.

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UPDATE: At 3:45pm September 3rd, the HKO issued their Thunderstorm Warning. It will be valid until 5:15 p.m. today. A few thunderstorms are expected to occur over Hong Kong. At 4 pm, Severe Tropical Storm Mawar was estimated to be about 220 kilometres east of Hong Kong and is forecast to move northwest or west-northwest at about 12 kilometres per hour in the general direction of the coast of eastern Guangdong. At 1:45pm, the HKO posted that depending on the changes in Mawar’s movement and intensity, the Observatory will consider whether or not to issue the Strong Wind Signal No. 3 tonight.

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UPDATE: The HKO announced that at 9 am, Severe Tropical Storm Mawar was estimated to be about 270 kilometres east-southeast of Hong Kong and is forecast to move north-northwest slowly in the general direction of the coast of eastern Guangdong.

At 7:45 am, the HKO forecast that Mawar will keep a distance from Hong Kong this morning. The chance of issuing the Strong Wind Signal No. 3 this morning is low. Mawar is expected to make landfall tonight over the coast of eastern Guangdong about 200 kilometres to the east of Hong Kong.

Rainbands associated with Mawar will affect Hong Kong occasionally. Members of the public should take note of the latest weather situation in planning outdoor activities.

Tropical Storm MAWAR Shenzhen China Hong Kong Observatory September 3rd 8am

UPDATE: At 8:45pm, the HKO issued a Thunderstorm warning valid until 10:45pm tonight.

At 9 pm, The HKO estimated Severe Tropical Storm Mawar was about 310 kilometres east-southeast of Hong Kong and is forecast to move north-northwest slowly in the general direction of the coast of eastern Guangdong and strengthen gradually. Mawar was rather slow-moving in the past few hours. According to the present forecast track, Mawar will keep a distance from Hong Kong tonight and Sunday morning. The chance of issuing the Strong Wind Signal No. 3 on Sunday morning is low. 

Mawar is expected to make landfall on Sunday night over the coast of eastern Guangdong more than about 200 kilometres to the east of Hong Kong. Rainbands associated with Mawar will affect Hong Kong occasionally. Members of the public should take note of the latest weather situation in planning outdoor activities.

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UPDATE: The HKO issued their Thunderstorm Warning issued at 5:15 p.m. on 2 Sep 2017 will remain in force until 7:15 p.m. today. A few squally thunderstorms are expected to occur over Lantau and New Territories West. Gusts exceeding 70 kilometres per hour were recorded at Siu Ho Wan at around 5:40 p.m.Gusts reaching 70 kilometres per hour or above may continue to affect Lantau and New Territories West.

At 6 p.m., Severe Tropical Storm Mawar was estimated to be about 310 kilometres east-southeast of Hong Kong (near 21.5 degrees north 117.0 degrees east) and is forecast to move north-northwest slowly in the general direction of the coast of eastern Guangdong and strengthen gradually.

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UPDATE: At 9:45am, the HKO made the following announcement: In the past few hours, Mawar moved relatively slowly and intensified somewhat. Its outer rainbands are affecting eastern Guangdong.

According to the present forecast track, Mawar will make landfall over the coast of eastern Guangdong more than about 200 kilometres to the east of Hong Kong later on Sunday. As Mawar is relatively slow-moving, local winds are not expected to strengthen significantly today. The chance of issuing the Strong Wind Signal No. 3 today is low.

Locally, there will be occasional squally showers today and on Sunday.

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Accuweather published an article early this morning predicting MAWAR to make landfall near Shantou to Shanwei on Sunday. They expect the storm to whip up wind gusts of 80-115 km/h (50-70 mph) along the coast as it moves onshore. "Due to the projected landfall of Mawar being in eastern Guangdong, the worst impacts of flooding and damaging winds are expected to stay away from Hong Kong," AccuWeather Meteorologist Rob Richards said. Click here for the full article.

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UPDATE: By 7am Saturday September 2nd, the HKO made the following announcement. The Standby Signal, No. 1 was issued as 2:20am as Tropical Storm Mawar approached Guangdong. Tropical Storm Mawar was estimated to be about 350 kilometres east-southeast of Hong Kong at 7am and is forecast to move north-northwest slowly in the general direction of the coast of eastern Guangdong.

The storm is slow moving and is not expected to make landfall very near to Shenzhen. As local winds are not expected to strengthen, the HKO announced that the chance of issuing the Strong Wind Signal No. 3 during the day today is relatively low.

Locally, there will be occasional squally showers today and on Sunday. Members of the public should take note of the latest weather situation in planning outdoor activities.

Members of the public are advised to take the following precautionary measures:

1. Some precautions against damage should be taken now, gutters and drains should be cleared of obstructions. Hinges, bolts, locks and shutters of windows and doors should be checked.

2. If you are planning to visit Guangdong, Macau, any of the off-shore islands or remote parts of Hong Kong, you are reminded that changes in weather may affect your plans.

3. Listen to radio, watch TV or browse the Hong Kong Observatory's web site for information on the tropical cyclone.

Tropical Storm MAWAR Shenzhen China Hong Kong Observatory September 2nd 7am ------------

UPDATE: At 8pm Friday both the HKO and Weather Underground released updated forecasted trajectories predicting Tropical Storm MAWAR making landfall Sunday morning on Guangdong Province well east of Shenzhen. MAWAR was about 460 km east-southeast of Hong Kong with maximum sustained winds near its center of 65 km/h. The HKO says it will consider issuing its Standby Signal No. 1 on Saturday.

Tropical Storm MAWAR Shenzhen China Hong Kong Observatory September 1st 8am

Tropical Storm MAWAR Shenzhen China Weather Underground September 1st 8pm

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UPDATE: AT 6:40pm, the HKO extended the Thunderstorm warning until 8:00 p.m. today. Squally thunderstorms are expected to occur over Hong Kong. Gusts reaching 70 kilometres per hour or above may affect Hong Kong.

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UPDATE: At 6:30pm we received videos of flooding on Wanghai Road and HaiChang Street. Take care if you're traveling down those roads. Click here to watch the videos.

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UPDATE: At 4:45pm, the HKO announced that gusts of wind reaching 70 km/h or above may affect the region. They have also extended the Thunderstorm warning until 7pm.

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UPDATE: At 4:30pm, the HKO announced that Mawar moved generally northward today, adopting a track farther away from Hong Kong. Mawar is expected to intensify progressively and make landfall over the coast of eastern Guangdong on Sunday.

Since Mawar`s track is farther away, its threat to Hong Kong is relatively low in the short term. Depending on Mawar`s intensity change and movement, the Observatory will consider whether or not to issue the Standby Signal No. 1 tomorrow (Saturday).

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UPDATE: The HKO issued their Thunderstorm warning at 3:10pm and expect it to be in effect until 5:15pm today.

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UPDATE: The Weather Underground's latest forecasted trajectory from data as of 8am this morning predicts MAWAR making landfall much farther east than their earlier projection. They're still forecasting that winds may reach Category 1 speeds; which are between 119 to 152 km/h.

Tropical Storm MAWAR Shenzhen China Weather Underground September 1st 8am

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UPDATE: At 10:15am, the HKO announced that the latest forecast indicates that Mawar may take a more northerly track towards the eastern coast of Guangdong and remain slow-moving initially, keeping a distance from Hong Kong. When it becomes clear that Mawar starts to edge towards the coast of Guangdong, the Observatory will consider issuing the Standby Signal No. 1 later today (Friday).

Mawar is expected to intensify progressively and make landfall over the coast of eastern Guangdong on Sunday. The weather in Hong Kong is expected to deteriorate progressively later on Saturday and on Sunday with squally showers. Winds will also strengthen gradually. Members of the public should be aware of possible changes in weather in planning outdoor activities on Saturday and Sunday.

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UPDATE: The HKO announced that at 8am, Tropical Depression MAWAR was about 540 km east-southeast of Hong Kong with maximum sustained wind speeds near its center of 55 km/h.

Mawar is moving slowly but is expected to bring progressively worse whether to Shenzhen Saturday and Sunday. The HKO announced they will consider issuing the Standby Signal No. 1 today.

Tropical Storm MAWAR Shenzhen China Hong Kong Observatory September 1st 8am

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At 5am September 1st, the HKO announced that Tropical Depression MAWAR was about 560 km southeast of Hong Kong with maximum sustained wind near its center of 55 km/h. Their forecasted trajectory at this time predicts MAWAR affecting Shenzhen sometime Sunday with wind speeds around 110km/h. They expect the weather to deteriorate progressively Saturday and Sunday and will consider issuing the Standby Signal No. 1 today.

Tropical Storm MAWAR Shenzhen China Hong Kong Observatory September 1st 5am

Both the Weather Underground and the Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) published forecasted trajectories of MAWAR by this time as well. The JMA forecasts that MAWAR's winds may reach speeds of 108 km/h. Shenzhen is within the 70% probability circle of the JMA's forecast.

Tropical Storm MAWAR Shenzhen China Japan Meteorological Agency September 1st 5am

The Weather Underground forecasts MAWAR making landfall much farther east with winds reaching Category 1 speeds; which are between 119 to 152 km/h.

Tropical Storm MAWAR Shenzhen China Weather Underground September 1st 2am

The Shenzhen Meteorological Bureau hasn't updated it's warnings since issuing the first Typhoon warning last night.

 

We'll continue to update this post with more information as it becomes available. 


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