Typhoon 06W (Nida), # 15 FINAL
5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 2, Hong Kong time: All tropical cyclone warning signals have been pulled down by the Hong Kong Observatory, as Typhoon Nida continues to make its way inland. This is PST's final update on Typhoon Nida.10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 2, Hong Kong time: Typhoon Nida has begun its journey inland still packing sustained 75-mph winds and 92-mph gusts as it roared past the city Tuesday morning, according to the Joint Typhoon Warning Center. For the moment, Southwest Signal 8 remains raised for Hong Kong; the Hong Kong Observatory reports that should be lowered to Signal 3 sometime after mid-day and before 1 p.m. The city began Tuesday under virtual lockdown, with 180 flights serving the international airport canceled, the MTR running only limited service, most bus routes suspended and all ferry and tram services canceled, CNN reported. In southeastern China, Shenzen Airport was closed through Tuesday morning, while in Guangzhou, more than 600 high-speed trains were suspended, Xinhua reported via CNN.7:45 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 2, Hong Kong time: Hundreds of high-speed trains in southeastern China and flights serving Hong Kong were canceled as Typhoon Nida slammed ashore early Tuesday morning.
Nida was packing sustained 92-mph winds and 115-mph gusts as it made landfall at about 5 a.m. Tuesday. It’s forecast by the Joint Typhoon Warning Center to maintain strong tropical storm-force winds, 63-mph sustained and 81-mph gusts as it makes its way inland.
Hong Kong Observatory has raised Southwest Signal 8 due to continued high winds and squalls..
Hong Kong International Airport’s Web site said more than 180 flights serving the airport were scratched due to the weather, including all Cathay Pacific and Dragonair flights, through 2 p.m. Tuesday. In Guangzhou, more than 600 high-speed trains were canceled.
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. At 8 a.m., Nida was 338 miles east-southeast of Hong Kong, tracking west-northwest at 16 mph, packing sustained 75-mph winds and 92-mph gusts at center. Nida is forecast by Joint Typhoon Warning Center to peak at 86-mph sustained winds and 104-mph gusts sometime Monday evening. JTWC projects landfall to be about 20 miles north of Hong Kong about 7 a.m. Tuesday, still packing Category 1-equivalent winds, 81-mph sustained and 98-mph gusts. Southeastern China should receive the same as Hong Kong, with flash flooding and mudslides possible, Weather.com reported.
———10:45 p.m. Sunday, July 31, Philippines time: Tropical Cyclone Warning Signal 1, the standby signal, has been raised in Hong Kong, Typhoon Nida’s next projected target, with landfall forecast for mid-morning Tuesday as a Category 1-equivalent storm, according to multiple weather Web sites.
Signal 1 was raised at 10:15 p.m. Sunday, according to the Hong Kong Observatory’s Web site. Signal 1 means that a storm within 500 miles of Hong Kong could affect the city within a couple of days. In the Philippines, Public Storm Warning Signal 2 remains up for northern Luzon and the island groups just offshore, according to the country’s weather authority PAGASA.
Joint Typhoon Warning Center’s latest update shows Nida at 290 miles north of Manila, tracking northwest at 14 mph, packing sustained 75-mph winds and 92-mph gusts.
Nida remains projected to peak at Category 2-equivalent strength, 98-mph sustained winds and 121-mph gusts as it approaches Hong Kong. Landfall is forecast for 8 a.m. Tuesday, still packing sustained 86-mph winds and 104-mph gusts as it roars ashore, JTWC reports.
4:20 p.m. Sunday, July 31, Philippines time: Nida has intensified into the second typhoon of the northwest Pacific's tropical cyclone season, joining Super Typhoon Nepartak earlier in July. It made landfall just after 3 p.m. over the tip of Cagayan Province in northeastern Luzon. It's forecast to reach Category 2-equivalent strength and is putting Hong Kong dead in its sights, according to the Joint Typhoon Warning Center. At 2 p.m., Nida was 265 miles north-northeast of Manila and is moving northwest at 15 mph, JTWC reported. It has already made its closest point of approach to U.S. assets in the Philippines' northernmost main island. Public Storm Warning Signal 2 remains up for northern section of Luzon and the offshore islands to the north, and PSWS Signal 1 for central Luzon, according to the Philippines' national weather authority PAGASA. As Nida continues west toward China's southeast coast, it's forecast to peak at 98-mph sustained winds and 121-mph gusts early Tuesday morning as it nourishes itself over the warm, sultry waters of the South China Sea. JTWC projects Nida to make a near-direct hit on Hong Kong at about 8 a.m. Tuesday, still packing a powerful punch, 92-mph sustained winds and 115-mph gusts as it crashes ashore. No tropical cyclone warning signal is in effect -- yet -- in Hong Kong.
——— 11 a.m. Sunday, July 31, Philippines time: Tropical Storm Nida has slowed some, is intensifying and could become a Category 1-equlivant typhoon Sunday evening as it barrels over the northern edges of Luzon, but should remain well north of U.S. facilities on island, according to the Joint Typhoon Warning Center. Public Storm Warning Signal 2 remains up for northern portions of Luzon and the Babuyan island group, according to the Philippines' national weather authority PAGASA. Winds between 40 and 80 mph are anticipated within 36 hours. Nida remains on track to pass 207 miles northeast of the former Clark Air Base and 244 miles northeast of the former Subic Bay Naval Station at about 2 p.m., according to JTWC's latest forecast track. Nida is projected peak at 86-mph sustained winds and 104-mph gusts Monday evening. Hong Kong remains next on the itinerary, with Nida forecast to rumble 12 miles south at high noon Tuesday, still packing a good wallop, 81-mph sustained winds and 98-mph gusts as it approaches. No tropical cyclone warning signal is in effect there yet.
———11 p.m. Saturday, July 30, Philippines time: Nida has become the fourth named storm of the northwest Pacific’s tropical cyclone season and was upgraded to a tropical storm by the Joint Typhoon Warning Center. At 8 p.m., Nida was about 300 miles east-northeast of Manila, and continues to increase forward speed, moving northwest at 22 mph, packing sustained 46-mph winds and 58-mph gusts. JTWC still projects Nida to graze the northeast coast of the Philippines’ northernmost island of Luzon and well northeast of U.S. facilities on island, some 272 miles northeast of Clark Free Economic Zone at about 9 a.m. Sunday. Public Storm Warning Signal 2 remains up for north and east portions of Luzon; PSWS 1 has been pulled down for Samar and the Visayas. Nida remains forecast to peak at 86-mph sustained winds and 104-mph gusts at mid-morning Monday, and remains on course for a near-direct hit on Hong Kong, 16 miles north at 6 a.m. Tuesday.
5:45 p.m. Saturday, July 30, Philippines time: Generally, when a tropical cyclone picks up forward speed, it means it isn't hanging around long enough to nourish itself over warm sea surface. That could be the case with Tropical Depression 06W. It hit the accelerator Saturday afternoon, and is tracking north-northwest at about 20 mph -- twice as fast as it was Saturday morning -- and at 2 p.m. was 366 miles east of Manila, packing sustained 35-mph winds and 46-mph gusts, according to the Joint Typhoon Warning Center. If it remains on its current track, 06W -- still unnamed -- should pass even further away from U.S. assets in the northernmost island of Luzon: 292 miles northeast of Clark Free Economic Zone at about 1 p.m. Sunday, JTWC projects. 06W is now forecast to knife between Luzon and southern Taiwan, over the islands between the two countries, overnight Sunday into Monday, with peak winds of 86-mph sustained and 104-mph gusts forecast for 2 p.m. Monday. Public Storm Warning Signal 2 has been raised for Isabela in Luzon, while PSWS Signal 1 remains up for north and east portions of Luzon as well as east-central Samar, according to the Philippines' weather authority PAGASA. Hong Kong can expect a blustery, gusty, sideways-rainy mid-day Tuesday. JTWC projects 06W to rumble 14 miles south of Hong Kong at 11 a.m. Tuesday, still packing Category 1-equivalent 81-mph sustained winds and 98-mph gusts as it roars ashore.
11 a.m. Saturday, July 30, Philippines time: Tropical Depression 06W has picked up a bit of forward speed, wobbling north at about 10 mph, and remains on course to graze the northern edges of the Philippines' island of Luzon, then head toward Hong Kong, according to the Joint Typhoon Warning Center. Public Storm Warning Signal 1 remains in effect for eastern Luzon and Samar in the Visayas, according to the Philippines' weather authority PAGASA. 06W is forecast to reach Category 1-equivalent typhoon strength at mid-morning Monday and peak at 81-mph sustained winds and 98-mph gusts at mid-morning Tuesday. Landfall is forecast for 19 miles south of Hong Kong just past midnight Tuesday. What's in a name? 06W is projected to be called Nida, a Thai woman's name. PAGASA has named 06W Carina.
________6:15 a.m. Saturday, July 30, Philippines time: The sixth numbered tropical cyclone of the northwest Pacific season is officially on the map. Joint Typhoon Warning Center has issued its second warning on as-yet-unnamed 06W; initial forecast show 06W tracking north of U.S. assets in Luzon and possibly headed toward Hong Kong by Wednesday. For the moment, 06W is tracking slowly northwest, and is projected to pass 197 miles north-northeast of Clark Free Economic Zone at about 3 p.m. Sunday. It’s forecast to peak at 81-mph sustained winds and 98-mph gusts by 2 a.m. Monday – just before making projected landfall 36 miles south of Hong Kong. Public Storm Warning Signal 1 remains up for Samar in Visayas and eastern portions of Luzon, according to the Philippines’ weather authority PAGASA; expect upgrades to that for the northern reaches of Luzon to the northern island groups by later in the weekend. 06W should remain well out of Okinawa’s way.
9:30 p.m. Friday, July 29, Philippines time: A disturbance about 460 miles east-southeast of Manila could become the sixth numbered storm of the northwest Pacific tropical cyclone season. Joint Typhoon Warning Center issued a tropical cyclone formation alert at 9:30 a.m. Models show the disturbance could become a tropical depression overnight and track north-northwest toward the Philippines' northernmost island of Luzon and possibly Taiwan. Too soon to say if U.S. facilities could be affected. Public Storm Warning Signal 1 is up for Samar in Visayas and Catanduanes in Luzon. PST has an eye on it.