Thursday, October 21, 2010

Typhoon Megi Weakens on Way to Southern China After 19 Die in Philippines

Typhoon Megi, which left 19 people dead in the Philippines, weakened overnight as it headed toward the southern coast of China, the U.S. Navy Joint Typhoon Warning Center said.

Megi's winds slowed to 167 kilometers (104 miles) per hour from 176 kph yesterday, the center said in its latest advisory. Megi's eye was located about 430 kilometers southeast of Hong Kong at 2 a.m. local time and the storm was moving north- northeast at 7.4 kph.

The typhoon's path shifted further east and the closest Megi is expected to come to Hong Kong is about 420 kilometers, compared with 370 kilometers estimated yesterday, the center said. The Hong Kong Observatory maintained a No. 3 Strong Wind Signal and said a higher alert is unlikely today.

Megi is expected to make landfall as a tropical storm tomorrow near the city of Shantou, eastern Guangdong province, the U.S. center said. Hundreds of thousands of people were evacuated from coastal areas of southeast China yesterday.
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