Friday, August 22, 2008

Typhoon Nuri Levelled up to 9!

By 4pm, Typhoon Nuri has been declared at level 9!!! Now this is a major FIRST for me.

My place is now strangely quiet with birds chirping from the mountains as we are in the eye of the storm. Yet its so humid and oppressive... the view outside is slowly being fogged out by heavy mist....

Check out the pictures how the visibility starts to decrease over the hour from 3.42pm onwards. By the last shot, you cannot even see the mountain view nor the 2 distant condo buildings anymore!

(at 3.42pm)

(at 4.17pm)

(at 4.45pm)
(at 5pm: see the disappearing 2 buildings and mountain!)

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

The Increasing Gale or Storm Signal, No. 9, is in force.
Typhoon Nuri has weakened into a severe tropical storm.

At 5 p.m., Nuri was centred about 15 kilometres east of Hong Kong Observatory (near 22.3 degrees north 114.3 degrees east) near Sai Kung and is forecast to move northwest at about 14 kilometres per hour across eastern New Territories.

As the eye of Nuri is passing directly over Hong Kong, there may be a temporary lull lasting from a few minutes to several hours over the eastern part of the territory. This will be followed by a sudden resumption of violent winds from a different direction.

Gales are affecting the western part of the territory, with storm force winds recorded in some places.

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