10:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 1, Hong Kong time: Typhoon Nida remains on course to smash ashore about 26 miles north of Hong Kong at 4 a.m. Tuesday, and has peaked, according to the Joint Typhoon Warning Center, at 92-mph sustained winds and 115-mph gusts. Northwest Storm Signal 8 remains raised for Hong Kong and should remain so through Tuesday morning.
8:40 p.m. Monday, Aug. 1, Hong Kong time: Northwest Storm Signal 8 was issued at 8:40 p.m. by the Hong Kong Observatory.
7 p.m. Monday, Aug. 1, Hong Kong time: Typhoon Nida remains on course for a near-direct hit on Hong Kong, a few hours sooner than previously forecast, according to the Joint Typhoon Warning Center. Nida is forecast to make landfall at about 4 a.m. Tuesday, still packing sustained 86-mph winds and 104-mph gusts as it rumbles ashore. Strong Wind Signal 3 remains in effect; Hong Kong Observatory stated that Signal 8 should be raised at or before 8:40 p.m..
11:45 a.m. Monday, Aug. 1, Hong Kong time: Tropical Cyclone Warning Signal 3 was raised at 11:42 a.m. Monday in Hong Kong, which now begins bracing for the expected Tuesday arrival of Typhoon Nida, forecast to pack Category 1-equivalent winds as it rams ashore, official weather Web sites are reporting. Expect Signal 8 to be raised this evening.
Nida, called Carina in the Philippines, dumped more than 10 inches of rain in the northern Philippines town of Tuguegarao in a 24-hour period ending at 8 p.m. Sunday, according to Weather.com. At least 500 families were forced to evacuate the area, according to the Philippines’ National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council. No deaths have been reported thus far, though that part of the country is remote and mountainous.
In the Philippines, Public Storm Warning Signals 1 and 2 have been pulled down, according to the national weather authority PAGASA.
Hong Kong Observatory reports that the weather should deteriorate rapidly after sunset, with squalls, heavy rain, rough seas and possible flooding in low-lying areas. A direct hit could also bring storm surge, which if it coincides with high tide could cause the threat of flooding to increase.
Lastly, please stay safe.
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