Super typhoon Usagi, strongest storm on Earth in 2013, may strike Hong Kong Sunday

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posted on Sep, 20 2013 @ 12:38 AM
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S uper typhoon Usagi, strongest storm on earth in 2013..

Just got this off a local storm chasers Facebook -


The storm – named Usagi – has achieved super typhoon status, after an amazing burst in its peak winds from 75 mph Tuesday to over 160 mph today. (Typhoons become “super typhoons” if their peak winds reach 150 mph or higher). It is now equivalent to a category 5 hurricane.


Edit to add more links: Initial facebook page where I got the info

South China Morning Post

NOAA satellites

Wunderground link





- This looks like one to watch, I'm not entirely sure, but I'm sure there will be a lot of smaller coastal communities that could potentially be affected by this on the coasts of China & Taiwan, they said the coasts will experience large storm surges, so I'm really hoping people take it seriously and secure what they can and find somewhere a bit safer until it dissipates.
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posted on Sep, 20 2013 @ 12:57 AM
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I suspect its being named usagi [rabbit, bunny]
was hopeful thinking

unless it's a sailor moon reference...



posted on Sep, 20 2013 @ 01:03 AM
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Metaphysique
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I suspect its being named usagi [rabbit, bunny]
was hopeful thinking

unless it's a sailor moon reference...


God, I haven't watched sailor moon in about 16 years. I used to be late to school every morning waiting for it to finish!

I think it may have been because it was initially blowing about 120/kmph so they were probably, like you said, wishful thinking that that was around what it'd stay!

From the Weather FB



In the last 24 hours, a cyclone in the west Pacific has explosively intensified, and is on a track towards Hong Kong.
The storm – named Usagi – has achieved super typhoon status, after an amazing burst in its peak winds from 120km/h Tuesday to over 257km/h today. It is now equivalent to a category 5 hurricane.
Usagi is now the strongest storm to form on Earth in 2013. -Kristal



posted on Sep, 20 2013 @ 01:22 AM
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certainly doesn't look good for china
as usagi is about to bash it

things could be much worse though
earths-strongest-most-massive-storm-ever

On Oct. 12, 1979, Super Typhoon Tip's central pressure dropped to 870 mb (25.69 inches Hg), the lowest sea-level pressure ever observed on Earth, according to NOAA. Peak wind gusts reached 190 mph (306 kph) while the storm churned over the western Pacific.

Besides having unsurpassed intensity, Super Typhoon Tip is also remembered for its massive size. Tip's diameter of circulation spanned approximately 1,380 miles (2,220 km), setting a record for the largest storm on Earth. The storm's huge diameter was exactly the same as the distance from New York City to Dallas.




ahhh... 20th post finally...



posted on Sep, 20 2013 @ 01:23 AM
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This Is BIG ONE!


look at this sea temparature..Perfect for Huricane / typhon..


this is really big one friend..check this :
this is the wave meter..

and the wind is Strong!
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posted on Sep, 20 2013 @ 01:54 AM
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Metaphysique
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certainly doesn't look good for china
as usagi is about to bash it

things could be much worse though
earths-strongest-most-massive-storm-ever

On Oct. 12, 1979, Super Typhoon Tip's central pressure dropped to 870 mb (25.69 inches Hg), the lowest sea-level pressure ever observed on Earth, according to NOAA. Peak wind gusts reached 190 mph (306 kph) while the storm churned over the western Pacific.

Besides having unsurpassed intensity, Super Typhoon Tip is also remembered for its massive size. Tip's diameter of circulation spanned approximately 1,380 miles (2,220 km), setting a record for the largest storm on Earth. The storm's huge diameter was exactly the same as the distance from New York City to Dallas.




ahhh... 20th post finally...


Grat's on the 20 posts, 306km is an absolute monster! The pressure in this one is nowhere close to 870 *yet* Here is a quote that was answered in comparison of Usagi to the huge in size cyclone Yasi we had in Aus a couple of years ago


We just had a look at the Yasi vs Usagi stats. Usagi is currently measuring faster wind speeds, the pressure has dropped to 910, compared to Yasi at 929. Although Yasi measured bigger in width, Usagi is stronger. -Kristal
This was in the comments of a status from the link below.

Link to stormchaser FB where I got initial info



posted on Sep, 20 2013 @ 01:56 AM
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Thanks for those images Cheesy! The wave heights they seem to be showing are HUGE! I really hope it dies down a little before hitting any land!



posted on Sep, 20 2013 @ 02:17 AM
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wow, keeping an eye on this for sure!!!



posted on Sep, 20 2013 @ 04:03 AM
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wow this thing developed into a monster since last weekend... I remember there it was mentioned as moderate and nearly stationary on JMA



posted on Sep, 20 2013 @ 09:09 AM
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I thought you guys might like to watch the storm come in.
Here are some live web-cams in Hong Kong. They may not be up long.

Earth Cam-Hong Kong

Here's a link to the Hong Kong Observatory for the most comprehensive coverage of the storm. They also have a weather cam.
Hong Kong Observatory
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posted on Sep, 20 2013 @ 09:54 AM
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Nothing to worry about folks. Our shipment of wind from the native Australian Wind Tree must have toppled over in the ocean and been released enmasse before it reached it's destination of China. Our wind is exported over to China to help clear their air pollution.




posted on Sep, 20 2013 @ 03:12 PM
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Also that wave height is huge... Well I guess it's swell anyways...

48 feet or 14.4 meters...



posted on Sep, 20 2013 @ 04:10 PM
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I will be keeping a close eye on this I have a friend that is in Hong Kong right now. I really hope that it won't be that bad, I told her to be safe and stay indoors.

Thanks for the update



posted on Sep, 20 2013 @ 04:16 PM
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I was talking to a friend in Manila this morning, she said they were at signal 4 and it sounded like the roof was going to come off her building. I can't imagine what it's like on the north-east coast there. I was reading a report earlier that the storm was about 620 miles across. That's nothing to laugh at.



posted on Sep, 20 2013 @ 04:16 PM
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Thanks for those! I'll have a look at them as soon as I pop on the computer!



posted on Sep, 20 2013 @ 04:18 PM
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How scary! Yeah thats what worries me, its so large its bound to hit several areas who won't have homes with secure roofing and things like that, people that live alone the coasts in somewhat temporary/modest homes getting hit the worst



posted on Sep, 20 2013 @ 04:19 PM
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no problem, I hope your friend remains safe!



posted on Sep, 20 2013 @ 10:00 PM
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Update post on Higgins Storm Chasing website (gathered from links I'll supply)




"Super Typhoon Usagi Update"
Current intensity Cat 4, 933hpa, wind speeds 222km hr, heading W NW @ 20kmhr towards South China Coast / Hong Kong.
Current forecast track to impact in the vicinity of Hong Kong during Sunday night as a Category 3 with 185km hr winds. Very heavy rainfall leading to flash flooding is expected along with Dangerous ocean storm surge causing land inundation and Destructive winds.
Travel plans in and out of Hong Kong may be affected as weather deteriorates.
Check out this incredible Sat Loop > Sat loop
South China Morning Post > SCMP
JMA Tropical Cyclone Information ( data ) > JMA


So it looks like the pressure has risen since yesterday and it it now a Cat 4 - looking to downgrade to a cat3 by the time it gets to HK, which is still quite large for such a populous area. I think we will see a fair bit of damage coming out from there by monday morning



posted on Sep, 21 2013 @ 07:20 AM
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And after Hong Kong, this monster goes directly over the Macau. These both cities are very coastal and low. Hope it weakens before it hits.

There is very hot weather too, 93°F / 34°C, during the night
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posted on Sep, 21 2013 @ 08:00 AM
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Have to keep an eye on this.
I am meeting two colleagues from Hong Kong and India in California, and they are both flying from HK on Sunday so hope they get out ok before it gets too bad. Have to message them both and see if their travel is being affected.





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