The Shenzhen Meteorological Observatory issued a white typhoon warning today at 4.20pm, which means a tropical cyclone will most likely hit the city within 48 hours.
It is expected that the tropical depression will move towards the coastal areas from western Guangdong to northeastern Hainan. A tropical depression is a cyclone “with maximum sustained surface wind of 38 mph or less” while a tropical storm “has maximum sustained surface winds of 39-74 mph.” The Meteorological Bureau of Shenzhen cautions that strong winds will probably start at sea, and that personnel offshore should prepare to take shelter according to the wind prevention instructions or notices from the maritime and fishery administrations.
The National Meteorological Center’s official Weibo account announced that the tropical depression will develop into the seventh typhoon of the year.
Predicted path of the storm. Image via 中央气象台
At 2pm on August 17, the center of the tropical depression arrived over sea at about 790 kilometers southeast of Shenzhen. The center has a maximum wind force of 15 meters/second. It is predicted that the morning of August 19 will be the strongest period of wind and rain.
10-day weather forecast for Shenzhen. Image via Meteorological Bureau of Shenzhen
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