September 20, 2013

Fun times in Hong Kong

Say hello to Super Typhoon Usagi -- from NASA:
Usagi (Northwestern Pacific Ocean)
The most powerful typhoon of 2013 was passing between northern Philippines and southern Taiwan on Sept. 19. When NASA's Aqua satellite passed over Usagi, infrared data showed a large area of powerful thunderstorms and heavy rain surrounding the center while NASA's TRMM satellite measured that heavy rainfall from space.

Super-Typhoon Usagi is a monster storm that according the Joint Typhoon Warning Center is headed for a landfall near Hong Kong on Sept. 22 around 1200 UTC/8 a.m. EDT/8 p.m. local time Hong Kong.

Usagi formed in the open waters of the Philippine Sea about 1,000 km/~620 miles east of the Philippines on September 16, 2013. Usagi rapidly intensified and became a typhoon on Sept. 18 and a Super Typhoon on Sept. 19 when it had estimated maximum winds of close to 140 knots/~161 mph.
Visited Hong Kong several times in the past and loved it -- a fun city if one likes cities. Much of it is well above sea level so should be OK -- my concerns would be the older buildings -- temples, residences, etc... Keeping an eye on this as it develops. And yes, Usagi means bunny in Japanese. Posted by DaveH at September 20, 2013 12:28 PM
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