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Typhoon Haima halts bunkering in Hong Kong

21 Oct 2016 10:54 GMT

Bunkering and port operations suspended as tropical cyclone hits Asian port.



Bunkering and terminal operations were suspended on Friday in Hong Kong as the city was placed under Signal 8 and later downgraded to Signal 3 by the Hong Kong Observatory - a department of the Hong Kong government.

At 17:20 hours local time, the tropical cyclone warning was placed under Signal 3, which means that winds with mean speeds of 41 to 62 kilometres per hour (26 to 37 miles per hour, Beaufort Force 6 to 7) are expected.

Earlier in the day, Signal 8 (northwest gale or storm force winds) had been in force between 06:10 and 14:15 hours, and Signal 8 (southwest gale or storm force winds) was in force between 14:15 and 17:20 hours.

Bunkering and port operations at Hong Kong are expected to resume on Saturday once the tropical cyclone warning signals are cancelled overnight.

In its weather warning issued to the general public at 17:45 hours local time, the Hong Kong Observatory said: "The Strong Wind Signal, No. 3 is in force. At 6 p.m., Severe Tropical Storm Haima was estimated to be about 180 kilometres north-northeast of Hong Kong (near 23.8 degrees north 114.9 degrees east) and is forecast to move north at about 25 kilometres per hour into inland Guangdong and weaken gradually.

"Although local winds are subsiding, occasional gales are still affecting offshore waters and high grounds at first. Seas are rough and there are swells. Members of the public should stay away from the shoreline, and not to engage in water sports.

"With Haima continuing to weaken and move away from Hong Kong, local winds will subside further overnight. When the threat posed by Haima to Hong Kong diminishes, the Observatory will cancel all tropical cyclone warning signals overnight.

"In the past hour, the maximum sustained winds recorded at Waglan Island, Green Island and Tate's Cairn were 89, 65 and 63 kilometres per hour with maximum gusts 101, 83 and 84 kilometres per hour respectively."

In its tropical cyclone warning issued to the shipping community at 18:30 hours on Friday, the Hong Kong Observatory said: "Typhoon Haima (1622) has weakened into a Severe Tropical Storm with central pressure 975 hectopascals. At 210900 UTC, it was centred within 30 nautical miles of two three point six degrees north (23.6 N) one one four point nine degrees east (114.9 E) and is forecast to move north at about 15 knots for the next 12 hours.

"Maximum winds near the centre are estimated to be 60 knots.

"Radius of over 33 knot winds 120 nautical miles.
Radius of over 47 knot winds 60 nautical miles.
Radius of over 2 metre waves 180 nautical miles.

"Forecast position and intensity at 220900 UTC
Dissipated over land."

Tropical cyclone warning signals

Please find below a description of Hong Kong's tropical cyclone warning signals.

Signal Number 1
Signal Name - Stand-by
Remarks - A tropical cyclone is centred within 800 kilometres of Hong Kong and may later affect the territory, or there are strong winds in Hong Kong waters.

Signal Number 3
Signal Name - Strong winds
Sustained Wind Speed (km/hr, (mph, Beaufort scale)) - 41 - 62 (26-37, Beaufort Force 6-7)
Remarks - Strong winds are expected or blowing generally in Hong Kong near the sea level, and the wind condition is expected to persist.

Signal Number 8 NE
Signal Name - Gale or storm force winds
Sustained Wind Speed (km/hr, (mph, Beaufort scale)) - 63 - 117 (38-73, Beaufort Force 8-11)
Remarks - Gale or storm force winds are expected or blowing generally in Hong Kong near the sea level from the NE quadrant, and the wind condition is expected to persist.

Signal Number 8 NW
Signal Name - Gale or storm force winds
Sustained Wind Speed (km/hr, (mph, Beaufort scale)) - 63 - 117 (38-73, Beaufort Force 8-11)
Remarks - Gale or storm force winds are expected or blowing generally in Hong Kong near the sea level from the NW quadrant, and the wind condition is expected to persist.

Signal Number 8 SE
Signal Name - Gale or storm force winds
Sustained Wind Speed (km/hr, (mph, Beaufort scale)) - 63 - 117 (38-73, Beaufort Force 8-11)
Remarks - Gale or storm force winds are expected or blowing generally in Hong Kong near the sea level from the SE quadrant, and the wind condition is expected to persist.

Signal Number 8 SW
Signal Name - Gale or storm force winds
Sustained Wind Speed (km/hr, (mph, Beaufort scale)) - 63 - 117 (38-73, Beaufort Force 8-11)
Remarks - Gale or storm force winds are expected or blowing generally in Hong Kong near the sea level from the SW quadrant, and the wind condition is expected to persist.

Signal Number 9
Signal Name - Increasing gale or storm force winds
Sustained Wind Speed (km/hr, (mph, Beaufort scale)) - 88 - 117, increasing (55-73, Beaufort Force 10-11)
Remarks - Gale or storm force winds are increasing.

Signal Number 10
Signal Name - Typhoon
Sustained Wind Speed (km/hr, (mph, Beaufort scale)) - >118 (74+, Beaufort Force 12)
Remarks - Hurricane force winds. Eye of typhoon may be passing directly over Hong Kong.




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