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Typhoon 24W (Khanun), # 7 FINAL

By DAVE ORNAUER | STARS AND STRIPES Published: October 11, 2017

10:45 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 15, Hong Kong time: Typhoon Khanun remains rather powerful, 98-mph sustained winds and 121-mph gusts at center as it rumbles west away from Hong Kong. It’s forecast to arc south starting Monday, then make landfall over central Vietnam as a tropical depression. Strong Wind Signal 3 has been canceled and Standby Signal 1 raised for Hong Kong by the Hong Kong Observatory. This is PST’s final report on Khanun.


8:15 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 16, Hong Kong time: Strong Wind Signal 3 is now in effect for Hong Kong, which means winds between 25 and 38 mph are occurring. Gale/Storm Signal 8 has been canceled.


10:30 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 15, Hong Kong time: Slight adjustment to peak winds and closest point of approach. Joint Typhoon Warning Center projects Typhoon Khanun to peak at 92-mph sustained winds and 115-mph gusts at center by mid-evening Sunday. Northeast gale/storm signal remains raised for Hong Kong and should remain so throughout the day. Khanun is forecast to pass about 150 miles south-southwest of Hong Kong at about 1 p.m.

9 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 15, Hong Kong time:Northeast Gale/Storm Signal 8 has been raised for Hong Kong by the Hong Kong Observatory with the approach of Khanun, which was upgraded to a Category 1-equivalent typhoon by the Joint Typhoon Warning Center.

At 2 a.m., Khanun was 250 miles southeast of Hong Kong, tracking northwest at 14 mph with 81-mph sustained winds and 98-mph gusts. Khanun is forecast by JTWC to peak at 86-mph sustained winds and 104-mph gusts Sunday afternoon, then pass 182 miles south-southwest of Hong Kong at 5 p.m. Signal 8 is expected to be in effect most of Sunday, HKO stated.

(Precautionary Announcements with No. 8 Signal)

1. Complete all precautions in your home. Lock all windows and doors, fit bars into position and insert reinforced shutters and gates if they are available. Adhesive tape fixed to large window-panes in exposed positions will reduce damage by broken glass. Storm water drains should be cleared of leaves and rubbish.

2. Do not stand near windows on the exposed side of your home. Move all furniture and valuables away from these areas. Make sure you have a safe place to shelter, should windows be broken.

3. Owners of neon signs are reminded that they should now arrange for the electricity supply to their signs to be cut off.

4. Please listen to radio or watch TV for the latest weather information broadcast. You can also browse the Hong Kong Observatory's web site for the information.

4:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 14, Hong Kong time: Standby Signal 1 has been raised for Hong Kong, according to the Hong Kong Observatory. Meanwhile, in the Philippines, Tropical Cyclone Warning Signal 2 has been canceled for northern Luzon and Signal 1 remains raised for Pangasinan, according to the Philippines’ weather authority PAGASA.

At 2 p.m., Tropical Storm Khanun was 400 miles southeast of Hong Kong, moving northwest at 9 mph packing 69-mph sustained winds and 86-mph gusts at center. Khanun is forecast to pass 180 miles south of Hong Kong late Sunday afternoon. No word yet whether Signal 3 will be raised for Hong Kong.

5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 13, Philippines time: Tropical Storm Khanun has traversed the northern portions of Luzon island and has intensified to 40-mph sustained winds and 52-mph gusts as it makes its way back over water in the South China Sea, with Hainan island and Vietnam its next targets, according to the Joint Typhoon Warning Center.
 

8:45 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 12, Philippines time: The 24th numbered storm of the season has formed northeast of Manila and is due to track over northern Luzon, Hainan island in southeastern China and into Vietnam by early next week, according to the Joint Typhoon Warning Center.

At 5 p.m., Tropical Depression 24W was 300 miles northeast of Manila, headed west at 8 mph with 35-mph sustained winds and 46-mph gusts. 24W is due to keep moving west, passing 190 miles north of the old Clark Air Base at about 9 a.m. Friday as a weak tropical storm.

Tropical Storm Warning Signal 1 remains raised for Batanes, Cagayan including Babuyan group of Islands, Isabela, Apayao, Abra, Kalinga, Mountain Province, Ifugao, Ilocos Norte and Ilocos Sur, according to the Philippines’ national weather authority PAGASA . It has named 24W Odette.


8 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 12, Philippines time: A tropical cyclone formation alert has been issued on a disturbance about 450 miles east-northeast of Manila by the Joint Typhoon Warning Center. It could cross Luzon over the weekend as a tropical depression or tropical storm.

The system has already been dubbed a tropical depression by the Japan Meteorological Agency and by the Philippines’ weather authority PAGASA, which has named it Odette. Tropical Cyclone Warning Signal 1 is up for Cagayan, the Babuyan island group and Isabella, among other areas in Luzon.

Long-range models depict a track west-northwest over Hainan Island in southeastern China into Vietnam over the next week. PST has an eye on it.

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