Monday, 20 September 2010

Storm Watch

Yesterday Typhoon Fanapi battered Taiwan injuring some 66 people, resulting in landslides and gridlocked traffic. Typhoon Fanapi is now making its way towards the mainland, and we in Hong Kong are feeling the effects of it.

Last night the typhoon 1 signal was raised, and this morning there were strong winds keeping temperatures cool. Nothing seemed to happen until around 2:30-3pm, when there was a huge crashing sound outside that turned out to be extremely heavy rain. This happened for at least a good 20 minutes and then it died down to incessant rain.

I left the office early to get to Central and by that time there were light rains. But by 6pm the rain started getting heavy again and the typhoon 3 signal was raised along with a thunderstorm warning.

Then I went to have a swim (but there was a woman in front of me doing breast stroke and refused to yield even though she was in the fast lane which drove me nuts, but that's another story). By 8pm the amber rainstorm warning was in effect, with heavy rains coming down.

Now it's almost 11pm and the amber rainstorm warning is down, but typhoon 3 is still up.

Looks like we're going to get heavy rain for the next few days as Typhoon Fanapi moves westward across Guandong. The wind gusts measured at Cheung Chau and Chek Lap Kok were 44 and 45 kilometres per hour respectively.

We're towards the end of September and still getting typhoons. But all I can say is, thank goodness for Crocs. I'm a total convert now.

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