In a recent update, Hong Kong is facing a significant weather challenge as Tropical Storm Talim approaches. Located 390 kilometers (242 miles) south-southeast of the city, this storm is moving toward Guangdong and Hainan Island. The meteorological experts are advising everyone to be cautious due to rough seas and high swells. They strongly recommend that people stay away from the shoreline and avoid water sports activities.
Typhoon Warning for Monday
As we move into Monday, the situation is expected to escalate. Tropical Storm Talim is predicted to come closest to Hong Kong during the early hours of Monday. There’s a possibility of upgrading it to a No. 8 typhoon warning for Sunday night, according to the city’s forecasters. The storm is intensifying as it moves west-northwest towards western Guangdong and Hainan Island at a speed of 15 kilometers per hour (9.3 miles per hour). As of Sunday morning, the observatory has already raised a No. 3 typhoon warning signal, and this warning will remain in effect throughout the day.
The Impact of Talim
Tropical Storm Talim, whose name means ‘sharp’ in Tagalog, is expected to pass within 300 kilometers south of Hong Kong around midnight. The storm’s wind direction is likely to change, blowing from the northeast to the southeast. The Observatory has also issued a warning about the combined effect of the storm surge brought by the spring tide and Talim, which could result in flooding in coastal low-lying areas on Monday.
Disruptions in Transportation and Tourism
The effects of the approaching tropical storm are already being felt in Hong Kong. Hong Kong Airlines has announced the cancellation of two flights between the city and Haikou for Monday. Travelers like Ceci Chan, a retired insurance agent, have already adjusted their plans due to the typhoon warning. She shared, “We decided to go back to the city a bit earlier because of the typhoon warning. The weather in Lamma was very fine and hot. The clothes I washed last night were already dry this morning.”
The Hong Kong tourism board is taking precautionary measures by canceling two sessions of the Music Shows in the Harbour performances along Wan Chai’s waterfront and its Symphony of Lights Pyrotechnic show on Sunday. These cancellations are being made in the interest of safety, and residents and tourists are advised to stay updated on the latest weather developments.
Hong Kong is facing a tropical storm named Talim, and the city’s observatory has raised typhoon warning signals. Residents and visitors should exercise caution, stay away from the shoreline, and monitor updates from the authorities. The impact of the storm may disrupt transportation and lead to event cancellations. Safety should be the top priority as Hong Kong prepares for this weather challenge.