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Lantau unscathed as Typhoon Nida heads inland

Lantau residents dodged a bullet overnight as Typhoon Nida passed without incident. No injuries or major damage were recorded, Lantau police said.

Across Hong Kong only three people sought hospital treatment, RTHK reports.


Cattle take shelter at the Cheung Sha police base

Hong Kong Observatory replaced the T8 signal with the T3 strong wind warning at 12:50 pm. Continue reading

Tai O residents evacuated over flooding fears

Police have moved dozens of Tai O residents to an overnight shelter because of the fear of flooding from Typhoon Nida.


Battening down in Tai O  Source: Lantau Police

Inhabitants of approximately 500 stilt houses, built over the water at Tai O, shifted to an emergency shelter provided by the Tai O Rural Committee in Market St, police said.  Continue reading

Nida set to pass northeast of Hong Kong

Typhoon Nida has shifted course over the past 24 hours and is set to pass to the north-east of Hong Kong.

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Hong Kong Observatory satellite map, 9pm

After hoisting the Typhoon 8 warning signal at 8:40pm, the Hong Kong Observatory said Nida would close in on Hong Kong overnight but its centre would pass within 100 km to the northeast of the territory.

It warned the typhoon would bring a storm surge that is likely to bring flooding in low-lying areas. That will put Lantau’s Tai O and beachfront properties on Pui O Beach and Lower Cheung Sha at risk. Continue reading

Tai O faces flooding threat, expert warns

Leung Wing-mo, a former Hong Kong Observatory assistant director, has warned of a high risk of flooding in Tai O and other low-lying areas from Typhoon Nida.

Leung says that Nida’s expected landfall tonight coincides with the monthly high tide, where water levels will be 1m higher than usual. If the typhoon hits western Hong Kong, as is widely predicted, “low-lying areas like Tai O have the prospect of facing a greater risk of flooding,” RTHK reported.

Some Tai O residents say authorities built a breakwater in Tai O after Typhoon Hagupit in 2008, but are not certain about how effective that will be, RTHK said. Continue reading

Typhoon Nida to make direct hit on Lantau

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Satellite image at 10:30 HK time, Sunday. Source: HK Observatory

Lantau will take the full brunt of typhoon Nida, according to Hong Kong and international weather services.

The Hong Kong Observatory (HKO), US National Hurricane Centre and the Korea Meteorological Administration all predict Nida will strike Lantau Island, according to the Weather Underground (below).

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