Standby No 1 signal raised in Hong Kong for Tropical Storm Kai-tak

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 16 August, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 16 August, 2012, 3:48am

A storm bearing the name of the famed old airport will bring squally showers and strong winds to the city and signal possible disruption to air traffic for the second time in a month.

Typhoon signal No1 was hoisted at 8.10pm, as Tropical Storm Kai-tak intensified into a severe tropical storm after killing four people and causing floods and landslides in the northern Philippines.

The Observatory said last night it did not expect the storm to intensify further overnight, but would consider raising the strong wind signal, or Typhoon No3, today if it did not veer away.

At 8pm Kai-tak, with winds of up to 110 kilometres an hour, was estimated to be 710 kilometres east-southeast of Hong Kong and forecast to move northwest or west-northwest at about 18km/h across the northern part of the South China Sea before arriving here tomorrow.

In the Philippines, four people died and severe damage occurred in northern Luzon, with more rainfall hitting the flood-battered capital, Manila, and the Sierra Madre mountain range to the southwest, where more than 300,000 people are still in evacuation shelters after last week's floods.

In Hong Kong, thunderstorms are forecast for today with temperatures between 27 and 31 degrees celsius and winds picking up as the day progresses, while tomorrow is expected to be windy with heavy, squally showers.

Meanwhile, Sinopec Chemical Commercial Holdings, the manufacturer of the plastic pellets that fell off the China Shipping Container Lines freighter Yong Xin Jie 1 when Severe Typhoon Vicente hit on July 23, has pledged HK$10 million to help with the clean-up. Only half of the 150 tonnes of pellets have been retrieved.