HONG KONG – 24 July, 2012 00:45HKT – Hong Kong Observatory has issued the No. 10 Hurricane Signal – its highest signal – as Typhoon Vicente hits Hong Kong. It’s the first time it has been issued since Typhoon York in 1999.
At 3 a.m., Severe Typhoon Vicente was centered about 110 kilometres west-southwest of Hong Kong observatory (near 21.8 degrees north 113.3 degrees east) and is forecast to move to northwest at first at about 20 kilometres per hour. Vicente will move west-northwestwards later.
Vicente will make landfall near the coastal area of Taishan in the next couples of hours. Hurricane force winds are still affecting the southwestern part of Hong Kong at times. The public are advised not to relax their precautions. When the wind strength slightly decreases over the territory, the observatory will consider issuing the No. 8 Gale or Storm Signal to replace the No. 10 Hurricane Signal.
In the past hour, the maximum sustained winds recorded at Ngong Ping, Cheung Chau and Tate’s Cairn were 163, 136 and 114 kilometres per hour respectively.
Tides are currently running about 1 to 1.5 metres above normal. A maximum sea level of 2.8 m and 3.2 m have been recorded at Quarry bay and Shek Pik respectively.
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