Sept. 22, 2013

Tropical Storm Usagi is rapidly weakening as it grinds westward across China’s Guangdong Province, north of Hong Kong and the major cities of the Pearl River Delta.

Usagi made landfall as a typhoon in China’s Guangdong Province in the city of Shanwei, about 90 miles east-northeast of Kowloon, Hong Kong. Winds gusted to 119 mph at Shanwei around the time of landfall, and the barometric pressure plunged to about 940 millibars (27.8 inches of mercury). Chinese weather authorities said landfall occurred at 7:40 p.m. local time (7:40 a.m. EDT U.S. time) on Sunday.

According to the Japanese Meteorological Agency, as of 3:15 a.m. Hong Kong time Monday (3:15 p.m. EDT Sunday U.S. time), Usagi was centered near Dongguan City, Guangdong, or 60 miles north-northwest of Kowloon, Hong Kong. It is moving toward the west at 16 miles per hour. Maximum sustained winds are estimated at 65 mph.

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