Tuesday, July 24, 2012


De storm is nu echt dichtbij. De wind bonkt tegen de ramen en af en toe verwacht ik elk moment dat de deuren en ramen eruit gaan. Bah. Dit is niet leuk! Het balkon blijft blank staan. Chiel liep net nog naar buiten om het putje schoon te maken want wij dachten dat er blaadjes voor de afvoer zouden zitten. Maar nee. Helemaal schoon maar het water loopt gewoon niet weg.

Ook het balkon achter stond vanavond blank. Gelukkig hebben we afvoerputjes overal in de bijkeuken zitten. De BBQ wilde net gaan vliegen. Die staat nu ook maar binnen. De airco maakt vreemde geluiden. Hij blijft maar plokken. De deuren op de gallerij klappen in de sponningen. Nee, ikvinnieleukmeer...

Bulletin issued at 23:45 HKT 23/Jul/2012

Tropical Cyclone Bulletin

Here is the latest Tropical Cyclone Bulletin issued by the Hong Kong Observatory.

The Increasing Gale or Storm Signal, No. 9, is in force.

This means that winds are expected to increase significantly as Vicente moves closer to Hong Kong.

At midnight, Severe Typhoon Vicente was centred about 110 kilometres south-southwest of Hong Kong (near 21.4 degrees north 113.7 degrees east) and is forecast to move northwest at about 20 kilometres per hour in the general direction of the region to the west of the Pearl River Estuary at first. Vicente will move towards west-northwest later.

In the past few hours, Vicente intensified rapidly into a severe typhoon, edging closer to Hong Kong. Parts of the territory is already affected by storm force winds. According to the latest forecast track, Vicente is expected to skirt within 100 kilometres to the southwest of Hong Kong, towards the region to the west of the Pearl River Estuary. As the direction of local winds will turn to east to southeast, places previously sheltered from the winds will become exposed. Members of the public should be on the alert. Do not go outside.

In the past hour, the maximum sustained winds recorded at Ngong Ping, Tate's Cairn and Cheung Chau Beach were 156, 125 and 114 kilometres per hour respectively.

A high water level of about 3.0 metres above chart datum is expected at Quarry Bay between midnight and 3 a.m. The high water level may cause flooding in low-lying areas.

(Precautionary Announcements)

1. Do not go outside. If you are reasonably protected, stay where you are and keep well away from all windows. Close all interior doors and make sure children are confined to the least exposed part of your home. On no account should you touch electric cables that have been blown loose.

2. Stay away from exposed windows and doors because glass, already under strain from wind pressure, will shatter if a flying object should hit it. Make sure you have a safe place to shelter, should windows be broken. You should only fix broken windows and doors when there is no danger in doing so.

3. Since seas are very high to phenomenal and the current is strong with changing direction, you are advised to stay away from the shoreline and not to engage in water sports.

4. 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.

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