Posts Tagged ‘Typhoon’

Move postponed

Wednesday, August 6th, 2008

Well, good thing I didn’t actually shut down my computer yet.  I woke up this morning to the sounds of water leaking in and getting the clothes I set aside for the next few days as wet as possible.  Nice.  Hello Typhoon Signal 8, how are you this morning?  You blow?  Why yes you do.

Just a bit ago, the winds at Ngong Ping (just over the mountain from my home) were blowing at 158 kilometers per hour.  For the easy reference of other Americans, that is 98 miles per hour.  Wind.  98 miles per hour.  That blows.

So now I’m sitting here with nothing to do because everything is packed or at least disconnected.  The movers aren’t coming because Hong Kong shuts down completely during a Signal 8 and I have no food in the house or a way to cook it if I did.  The milk is spoiled too.  This is turning out to be a most excellent experience.

Hong Kong: Closed

Wednesday, June 25th, 2008

A severe tropical storm passed through Hong Kong this morning and the goverment instated the highest weather warning of Typhoon Signal 8 at around 10:30pm last night.  Because of that, our office along with pretty much everything else in Hong Kong, was shut down until the warning signal was lowered to a 3.  It makes sense when you consider that most of Hong Kong is water.

So that means that I was up every 30 minutes or so after my alarm went off to check the Hong Kong Observatory website to see what alerts were raised.  As long as the Signal 8 was in effect, the ferries to leave our island wouldn’t run, the busses to leave our apartment wouldn’t run and as far as I know, even if I were to make it out of Discovery Bay alive, the MTR trains don’t run either.  So, as I said, Hong Kong shuts down.

If the signal persists to 2:00pm then we can forget about work and do whatever.  But if the signal lowers before then we have to come to work within 2 hours.  That kind of sucks.  So when I saw that the signal had changed back to a 3 at around 11:30am I reluctantly took my smelly self to the shower and got cleaned up.  I had to go to work.

It’s not a bad thing.  I have a lot to do today.