Typhoon Vicente slamming Hong Kong – Signal No. 8 Issued

No 8 signal issued as Typhoon Vicente nears Hong Kong (hkdigit-20120724-103543)

Hong Kong 23 July, 2012 – The Observatory has issued No. 8 Northeast Gale or Storm Signal at 5.40 pm, as Typhoon Vicente moves closer to the coast of Guangdong. The storm was earlier upgraded to a typhoon after intensifying.

At 7:00 pm, Typhoon Vicente was centered about 160 kilometers south of Hong Kong (near 20.9 degrees north 114.3 degrees east) and is forecast to move west-northwest at about 20 kilometers per hour in the general direction of the coast of western Guangdong.

Vicente continues to move steadily towards the western coast of Guangdong. Local winds are strengthening further generally, with gales over offshore waters and on high ground. On its present forecast track, Vicente will skirt around 150 kilometers southwest of Hong Kong tonight and tomorrow morning. The Gale or Storm Signal No. 8 is expected to remain in force overnight.

In the past hour, the maximum sustained winds recorded at Waglan Island, Sai Kung and Chek Lap Kok were 87, 61 and 45 kilometers er hour,respectively.

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