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And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars: and in the earth the people shall be in such perplexity, that they shall not tell which way to turn themselves. The sea and the waters shall roar, and mens hearts shall fail them for fear, and for looking after those things which shall come on the earth. For the powers of heaven shall move. And then shall they see the son of man come in a cloud with power and great glory. When these things begin to come to pass: then look up, and lift up your heads for your redemption draweth nigh. (Luke 21)
Current storm information: As of 0000 UTC May 15, Super Typhoon Chanchu (Caloy) was about 495 nm (920 km) South of Hong Kong, moving WNW slowly. It was packing sustained winds of 135 knots (250 km/h) (using a one-minute mean), according to the JTWC, making it a Category 4 super typhoon based on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Scale. The official RSMC, RSMC Tokyo, places the storm with maximum sustained winds of 90 kts using a ten-minute mean, which is typically considerably lower than the wind speed measured using a one-minute mean. Chanchu is expected to intensify to Category 5 intensity before weakening and making landfall near Hong Kong and Guangzhou, China.
Typhoon Chanchu, located in the South China Sea, continues to strengthen, and now has sustained winds near 140 mph. The typhoon is expected to turn more northward during the day Monday, then pose a serious threat to Hong Kong by Wednesday. Chanchu could strengthen further before reaching the coast.
Originally posted by KJay
Hi, I am in Hong Kong now. The standby signal “number one” is in force right now. Things are still quite normal in this state. From the latest track views, it seems like we are not going to get a direct hit by ChanChu. However, I am kind of worry about the people in the Guangzhou area.
TY 02W WILL CONTINUE TO SLOWLY WEAKEN DUE TO A REDUCTION IN
POLEWARD OUTFLOW AND AS THE MIDLATITUDE TROUGH APPROACHING FROM THE
NORTHWEST USHERS IN AN UNFAVORABLE WIND SHEAR ENVIRONMENT. EXTRA-
TROPICAL TRANSITION COMMENCING AROUND TAU 48 AND LANDFALL SHORTLY
THEREAFTER WILL WEAKEN THE STORM SIGNIFICANTLY. JTWC
BEIJING (AFP) - Some 620,000 people were evacuated from southern China as Typhoon Chanchu, the strongest storm to hit the region at this time of year, churned towards the coastal province of Guangdong.
BEIJING, May 18 (Xinhua) -- Typhoon Chanchu has killed 11 people and left 4 others missing in China by 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, latest government statistics show.
Meanwhile, more than one million people have been moved to safety in the two provinces, including 709,000 in Fujian and 327,000 in Guangdong, statistics show. Enditem