City Creates New Guidelines for Typhoon and Heavy Rains Warnings
The city’s new typhoon and heavy rain guidelines took effect last May 9 which requires schools to close, local employers are also advise to suspended work and employers at port areas to stop operations and bring employees to sheltered areas when the city meteorological issues a yellow, orange and red typhoon warnings or red warning for heavy torrential rains.
The city meteorological observatory will be issuing the warnings two hour before using various channels such as television, websites, radio, mobile phone survives and microblogs to give time for schools and employers to prepare. Typhoon warnings will be divided to five levels namely white, blue, yellow orange and red. The color will indicate preparation, alarm, defense emergency defense and special emergency. The white and blue levels will indicate an incoming typhoon that will hit the city within 24 to 48 hours which give ample time for businesses to take precautions.
The new guidelines will address the inconsistency with the Hong Kong tropical cyclone warning signal. Shenzhen’s yellow, orange and red typhoon warning signals is equivalent with Hong Kong’s No. 8, 9 and 10 typhoon warnings which indicate gale or storm force winds to hurricane force winds.