Typhoon, Rammasun known as “Glenda” in Philippines, has now hit the southern Chinese Island of Hainan. However, according to Hainan Net, no serious damage was reported on the island after the typhoon hit at around 3:30 pm.
According to Xinhua News Agency, before landfall, the winds were blowing at around 216 km per hour. More than 26,000 people living in Hainan were urged to evacuate. Moreover, the authorities also requested the tour bus companies and resorts to suspend their operations till Saturday afternoon. The authorities also issued a disaster alert for the specific region.
The storm carried high winds and heavy rainfall to Hong Kong, and is expected to pass through northern Vietnam once it crosses Hainan.
At 9 pm (local time), Super Typhoon Rammasun was estimated to be about 470 kilometres west-southwest of Hong Kong (near 20.4 degrees north 110.1 degrees east) and is forecast to move northwest or west-northwest at about 22 kilometres per hour, entering Beibu Wan.
Rammasun gradually moves away from Hong Kong. Local winds continue to moderate, but rainbands of Rammasun will still bring squalls to the territory overnight. When Rammasun poses no threat to Hong Kong, the Hong Kong Observatory will cancel the Standby Signal, No. 1.
In the past hour, the maximum sustained winds recorded at Cheung Chau and Waglan Island were 50 and 43 kilometres per hour with maximum gusts 58 and 51 kilometres per hour respectively.
Precautionary Announcements with No. 1 Signal
- All small vessels should remain in shelter and precautions should not yet be relaxed as strong winds are still blowing over offshore waters.
- Since sea state over offshore waters is still rough, you are advised to stay away from the shoreline and not to engage in water sports.
- Listen to radio, watch TV or browse the Hong Kong Observatory’s web site for information on the tropical cyclone.
Earlier, the storm hit Philippines, killing at least 60 people, and depriving some two million in Manila and in the eastern provinces of power. The storm is now being considered as the strongest storm to hit Philippines. It was recorded as a Category 3 storm on the Saffir-Simpson hurricane wind scale, and carried maximum winds of around 125 miles per hour.
Meanwhile, a new tropical storm, Matmo, endangers to bring more rains in the eastern provinces of the country. According to the weather bureau, the storm is expected to carry moderate to heavy rains as it moves closer to the country from eastern side. It packed winds of around 65 km per hour and gusts of around 80 km per hour.