Tropical Depression 11W (Dianmu), # 3 FINAL

2 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 18, Hong Kong time: All wind signals for Hong Kong have been lowered as of 1:15 p.m. This should be PST's final update on 11W.

Noon Thursday, Aug. 18, Hong Kong time: Strong Wind Signal 1 is in effect for Hong Kong as of 11:45 a.m. Signal 3 has been lowered.

11 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 18, Hong Kong time: A stone’s throw just shy of 200 miles southwest of Hong Kong, that messy weather over the last almost whole week has finally morphed into a tropical depression.

Strong Wind Signal 3 was raised overnight Wednesday and was expected to be lowered by mid-day Thursday, according to the Hong Kong Weather Observatory.

11W is forecast by the Joint Typhoon Warning Center to morph into a tropical storm as it passes northwest of Hainan Island before plowing ashore near Haiphong and about 50 miles south of Hanoi in Vietnam late Friday evening. JTWC forecasts 11W to peak at 52-mph sustained and 63-mph gusts as it crashes ashore about 11 p.m. Friday.

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Dave Ornauer has been with Stars and Stripes since March 5, 1981. One of his first assignments as a beat reporter in the old Japan News Bureau was “typhoon chaser,” a task which he resumed virtually full time since 2004, the year after his job, as a sports writer-photographer, moved to Okinawa and Ornauer with it.

As a typhoon reporter, Ornauer pores over Web sites managed by the Joint Typhoon Warning Center as well as U.S. government, military and local weather outlets for timely, topical information. Pacific Storm Tracker is designed to take the technical lingo published on those sites and simplify it for the average Stripes reader.