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Global Warming and Thyphoons by City Tech Blogger Ying Chong Chan

Global warming has made sea levels rise and ocean temperatures rise. This increases the likelihood of tropical cyclone storm surges in cities like Hong Kong. And because of  the East China Sea’s warmth,  temperature, and depth, conditions are now favorable for the formation of typhoons.  Climate change is known to energize storms and we are seeing devastating typhoons and hurricanes not only in the tropics, but all over the world. A warmer East China Sea is causing typhoons to become more intense. China may experience more intense typhoons in the future. China is thus prone to typhoons. When I lived in Hong Kong, I experienced many typhoons, but the most iconic  was Typhoon York.  Typhoon York was strong enough to cause a blackout. It also damaged the windows in my home, causing leakage.  Typhoon York was one of the few typhoons assigned a hurricane signal No. 10. Tropical cyclone signal warnings are evaluated by  wind speeds and a hurricane signal No. 10 is the highest level of tropical cyclone warning in Hong Kong. .  In 2018, another signal  No.10 typhoon, Mangkhut, hit Southern China.  According to the article, “Southern China counts cost of Typhoon Mangkhut – and more billion-dollar storms,” By Sidney Leng,” the Guangdong government estimated that the direct economic losses for the province were at least 4.2 billion yuan or about $500 million.

 

Work Cited:

Rafferty, John P., and Kenneth Pletcher. “Sichuan Earthquake of 2008.” Encyclopædia Britannica, Encyclopædia Britannica, Inc., https://www.britannica.com/event/Sichuan-earthquake-of-2008.

Leng, Sidney. “China Counts Cost of Mangkhut – and More Billion-Dollar Storms.” South China Morning Post, 18 Sept. 2018, https://www.scmp.com/economy/china-economy/article/2164701/southern-china-counts-cost-super-typhoon-mangkhut-and-more.

 

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