Observatory issues T1 standby signal, though severe tropical storm Yutu not heading directly for HK

Recent satellite image of severe tropical storm Yutu over the South China Sea. Via HK Observatory.

The Hong Kong Observatory issued the typhoon standby signal no. 1 this morning but, don’t worry, severe tropical storm Yutu appears unlikely to track toward the city.

That’s certainly good news coming little more than a month after super typhoon Mangkhut slammed into Hong Kong leaving a trail of debris and downed trees in its wake.

Yutu — which formed as a super typhoon in the waters of the Western Pacific — has been downgraded after moving west across Luzon in the Philippines.

It entered the South China Sea yesterday and at about 10am was estimated to be about 660 kilometres southeast of Hong Kong. According to the Observatory, it’s forecast to move northwest at about 12 kilometers per hour.

The forecasted track of Yutu. Via Hong Kong observatory.
The forecasted track of Yutu. Via Hong Kong observatory.

“Yutu moved northwest and weakened slightly early this morning,” the weather service added.

“Yutu is forecast to slow down and turn north today and tomorrow, crossing the northeastern part of the South China Sea.

“According to the present forecast track, Yutu will maintain a distance of over 500 kilometres away from Hong Kong most of the time today.”

The Observatory noted the chance of upgrading the T1 standby signal to the Strong Wind Signal, No. 3 today was “not high.”

However, the combined effect of northeast monsoon and Yutu is expected to strengthen winds on Thursday and Friday.

Conditions today are expected to be mainly fine and dry with moderate to fresh northerly winds.

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