Watch our latest video update for more in-depth analysis on Typhoon Utor as well as a brief discussion on a possible cyclone formation near Taiwan by this weekend (first mentioned by Meteorologist Robert Speta).
Typhoon Utor continues to move towards Guangdong Province today and is already starting to impact the region. Utor was last located approximately 360km south southwest of Hong Kong or about 420km southeast of Zhanjiang. Latest JMA Analysis puts the maximum sustained winds at 150kph with gusts of up to 210kph. It is moving west northwestward at 25kph.
As of 5pm this afternoon, Hong Kong Observatory has kept the Strong Wind Signal No. 3 in effect. Meanwhile, the China Meteorological Administration has issued a Red Typhoon Warning–the highest warning for typhoons issued by CMA. Residents along the projected path of Utor should remain vigilant and to always monitor the developments and always listen to your local officials for the latest warnings!
Radar Image from CMA
Latest radar image from China Meteorological Administration shows the extent of Utor’s rain bands. Some of these rains have extended as far north as the provinces of Hunan, Jiangxi, and Fujian. Furthermore, rain bands are also beginning to move into Leizhou Peninsula and parts of Hainan. Hong Kong isn’t spared by the rains either with as much as 100mm falling today in some locations. For the latest radar images and warnings from China, please click HERE.
IR Image from FNMOC
Typhoon Utor is forecast to make landfall in Guangdong Province near the cities of Maoming and Zhanjiang by tomorrow afternoon between 2pm and 6pm local time. Utor should, then, rapidly weaken as it tracks further inland. Strong damaging winds are possible near the coast and heavy rains of up to 200mm should be expected as well. Even though Utor is weakening at landfall, it is still a dangerous typhoon and we hope you have heeded the warnings of your local government.