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Anyone Stuck At HKG?  
User currently offlineSwiftski From Australia, joined Dec 2006, 2701 posts, RR: 2
Posted (6 years 2 months 4 weeks 1 day ago) and read 8241 times:

With the T8 in force, the answer is of course "Yes" ..

Just wondering who, and where you are trying to get to.

Me: VS201 to London

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User currently offlineZeke From Hong Kong, joined Dec 2006, 9229 posts, RR: 76
Reply 1, posted (6 years 2 months 4 weeks 1 day ago) and read 8218 times:

Lots of people will be, CX is suspending operations from 21:00 to 08:00. Either delaying or canceling a lot of flights in the process. Other airlines will follow.

If you dont have a hotel room yet, get one now.

TAF TAF VHHH 230800Z 230918 03025G35KT 8000 FEW020 SCT040 BKN080
TEMPO 0912 4000 SHRA BECMG 1214 09040G55KT TEMPO 1218 10045G60KT
2000 +SHRA

METAR METAR VHHH 231000Z 04028KT 7000 SHRA FEW015 SCT035 BKN100 28/24
Q0993 TEMPO 4000 SHRA



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User currently offlineSQCXlover From United States of America, joined May 2003, 56 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (6 years 2 months 4 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 8180 times:

I was lucky enough to be able to fly in and out of Hong Kong today without any problem. For sure it was a bumpy flight specially flight to Singapore this morning. No service what so ever for the first 1.5 hours.

Good luck to those who are stuck in Hong Kong tonight.


User currently offlineSwiftski From Australia, joined Dec 2006, 2701 posts, RR: 2
Reply 3, posted (6 years 2 months 4 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 8125 times:



Quoting Zeke (Reply 1):
Lots of people will be

Yeah it's not looking great.

Quoting Zeke (Reply 1):
If you dont have a hotel room yet, get one now.

Fortunately I have a house in Sai Kung.

Since the T3 this morning a lot of the larger boats came in my way, I guess to shelter in the bay here. When it was changed to T8 we got even more.

For those who aren't familiar:

Quoting Definition of T8 Warning:
Gale or storm force wind is expected or blowing generally in Hong Kong near sea level, with a sustained wind speed of 63-117 km/h from the quarter indicated and gusts which may exceed 180 km/h, and the wind condition is expected to persist.

Action - Complete all precautions now before gales commence. Lock all windows and doors. Fit bars into positions and insert reinforced shutters and gates if available. Adhesive tape fixed to large window panes in exposed positions will reduce damage by broken glass.

Do not stand near windows on the exposed side of your home. Move all furniture and valuables away from these areas. Make sure you have a safe place to shelter, should windows be broken. Now is the time to decide which rooms you will use to shelter if the windows on the exposed side of your home become broken.

Owners of neon signs should arrange for the electricity supply to their signs to be switched off.

Park your car where it is least likely to be damaged.

Avoid staying in the street. Return home as soon as possible if conditions so permit.



User currently offlineSydscott From Australia, joined Oct 2003, 3189 posts, RR: 20
Reply 4, posted (6 years 2 months 4 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 8032 times:

Thanks for the warning!

I'm due in on AF 188 tomorrow evening HKG time and it looks like the Typhoon will have passed by then fortunately!

My sympathies to those who are stuck! It must be chaos there about now!


User currently offlineElite From Hong Kong, joined Jun 2006, 2876 posts, RR: 10
Reply 5, posted (6 years 2 months 4 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 7929 times:

CX and KA canceled all flights until 8am tomorrow morning, where they would reevaluate the situation and decide what to do next.

User currently offlineBALHRWWCC From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (6 years 2 months 4 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 7795 times:

BA are gonna try to get all three flights out tonight. All 3 aircraft are on the ground in HKG

User currently offlineArticulatexpat From Hong Kong, joined Sep 2006, 156 posts, RR: 1
Reply 7, posted (6 years 2 months 4 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 7743 times:

Best of luck and safe passage to all. It's nasty out there. The wind blowing the rain through my living room air conditioner onto my floor and new sofa... didn't see that one coming. I don't know which would be worse, being stuck at the airport or trying to take off in the lead-up to this. If anyone really needs a reasonable hotel, try the Ibis in North Point. It's not terribly near the airport, but the rate is better than what you'll find in Central. Plus, the MTR should be running, and the Ibis's entrance is mere steps from one of the station exits. It's modest but it's fine if you're on a budget. Good luck.

User currently offlineSwiftski From Australia, joined Dec 2006, 2701 posts, RR: 2
Reply 8, posted (6 years 2 months 4 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 7742 times:



Quoting BALHRWWCC (Reply 6):
BA are gonna try to get all three flights out tonight. All 3 aircraft are on the ground in HKG

Not many left.

Last one out was RJ to BKK and AMM.

Despite the CX and KA halting of services, CX107 and KA870 to AKL and PVG went out at 2045 and 2100. EK are going to attempt going to DXB.

We just recorded sustained wind speeds on 87km/h.


User currently offlineSwiftski From Australia, joined Dec 2006, 2701 posts, RR: 2
Reply 9, posted (6 years 2 months 4 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 7720 times:



Quoting Articulatexpat (Reply 7):
The wind blowing the rain through my living room air conditioner onto my floor and new sofa... didn't see that one coming

I just lost a bathroom window.

How is your power? Mine is flicking on and off (lights)


User currently offlineAirbus_A340 From Hong Kong, joined Mar 2000, 1560 posts, RR: 19
Reply 10, posted (6 years 2 months 4 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 7679 times:

Just landed from London, had enough fuel for one approach otherwise divert to Taipei. Dodging red and purple everywhere on the weather radar. Our radome got struck by lightning too. Landing itself was less of an event, no WS reported, 030/29kts QNH993hpa at the time, but now it's picked up since then.


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User currently offlineSwiftski From Australia, joined Dec 2006, 2701 posts, RR: 2
Reply 11, posted (6 years 2 months 4 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 7639 times:



Quoting Airbus_A340 (Reply 10):
but now it's picked up since then.

Yeah, sustained 40kts


User currently offlineWILCO737 From Greenland, joined Jun 2004, 9118 posts, RR: 76
Reply 12, posted (6 years 2 months 4 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 7626 times:
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HEAD MODERATOR

How bad is it at the moment and how is the forecast? I will land in HKG in about 24 hours (15:35UTC)? So we'd better take some extra fuel with us and some of these Big grin



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User currently offlineSwiftski From Australia, joined Dec 2006, 2701 posts, RR: 2
Reply 13, posted (6 years 2 months 4 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 7583 times:



Quoting WILCO737 (Reply 12):
How bad is it at the moment and how is the forecast?

Latest: At 10 p.m., Typhoon Hagupit was centred about 180
kilometres south-southwest of Hong Kong (near 20.7 degrees
north 113.7 degrees east) and is forecast to move west or
west-northwest at about 28 kilometres per hour heading
towards the western coast of Guangdong.

Owing to the combined effect of Hagupit and high tide,
flooding is expected overnight in low lying areas including
Sheung Wan.

Hagupit is now on its closest approach to Hong Kong. It
will skirt to the south-southwest of Hong Kong within 200
kilometres in the next few hours. Local winds are turning
to the east which may cause some places orginally sheltered
to become exposed to the winds. The No.8 Gale or Storm
Signal is expected to be in force throughout the overnight
period.

In the past hour, the maximum sustained wind speeds
recorded at Chek Lap Kok and Sai Kung were 72 and 82
kilometres per hour respectively.

Quoting WILCO737 (Reply 12):
I will land in HKG in about 24 hours

I'll be there. Will try catch you as you come in.

Weather expected to be fine by then. Some schools will stay closed tomorrow.

VS for example are delaying by 720mins to 11.25am


User currently offlineWILCO737 From Greenland, joined Jun 2004, 9118 posts, RR: 76
Reply 14, posted (6 years 2 months 4 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 7564 times:
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Quoting Swiftski (Reply 13):
I'll be there. Will try catch you as you come in.

It will be dark. Expect to land at 11:35pm as LCAG 8408.

Thanks for the info. I hope it will be over soon and Hong Kong can relax again. The weather can be nasty there. Last time I've been there it was no wind, sunny, warm... just lovely.

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It it's not Boeing, I am not going.
User currently offlineWILCO737 From Greenland, joined Jun 2004, 9118 posts, RR: 76
Reply 15, posted (6 years 2 months 4 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 7533 times:
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Just checked aviationweather.gov for the latest METAR and TAF:

VHHH 231430Z 09043G62KT 8000 SHRA FEW015 FEW025 BKN050 28/24 Q0993 TEMPO 4000 SHRA

VHHH 231400Z 231524 09040G50KT 8000 FEW015 SCT025 BKN060
TEMPO 1524 2000 +SHRA
BECMG 2022 12035G50KT


NIce wind with gusts up to 62 knots... And coming over the hills of the island there. Pretty turbulent then and windshear risk...

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It it's not Boeing, I am not going.
User currently offlineSwiftski From Australia, joined Dec 2006, 2701 posts, RR: 2
Reply 16, posted (6 years 2 months 4 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 7533 times:



Quoting WILCO737 (Reply 12):
I will land in HKG in about 24 hours

That should have told me this...

Quoting WILCO737 (Reply 14):
It will be dark.

... but my brain is clearly turned off!

Enjoy your (I assume short) stay.


User currently offlineArticulatexpat From Hong Kong, joined Sep 2006, 156 posts, RR: 1
Reply 17, posted (6 years 2 months 4 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 7395 times:



Quoting Swiftski (Reply 9):
Quoting Articulatexpat (Reply 7):
The wind blowing the rain through my living room air conditioner onto my floor and new sofa... didn't see that one coming

I just lost a bathroom window.

How is your power? Mine is flicking on and off (lights)

Yikes, sorry about your window. So far *knock on wood* no windows have blown out but there's a new leak in my bathroom now that the wind has shifted. My power's all right, too. I think there was a momentary dimness but so far *knock on wood again* it's fine. Where are you? I'm in Wan Chai, on the harborfront.

As fast as this storm is moving, it ought to be fine by tomorrow, for those who are scheduled to fly in. The clean air will be a welcome change. Lately the atmosphere has been like lobster bisque.


User currently offlineSwiftski From Australia, joined Dec 2006, 2701 posts, RR: 2
Reply 18, posted (6 years 2 months 4 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 7382 times:



Quoting WILCO737 (Reply 15):
NIce wind with gusts up to 62 knots... And coming over the hills of the island there. Pretty turbulent then and windshear risk..

Cheung Chau is recording 112kph now.

Quoting Articulatexpat (Reply 17):
Where are you? I'm in Wan Chai, on the harborfront.

Sai Kung. Near Floral Villas.

Quoting Articulatexpat (Reply 17):
Yikes, sorry about your window

Our washing machines are on the roof; some damage to those too, but they're too big to get indoors unfortunately. They are covered, as I guess most people's are, with a sort of "outer casing" to protect them, but the lock on those doors didn't cope with the weather so I just went up and put some bricks to keep everything closed up.

The boats that I can see from here definitely have people in them, and don't look the comfiest of places right now  Smile


User currently offlineSwiftski From Australia, joined Dec 2006, 2701 posts, RR: 2
Reply 19, posted (6 years 2 months 4 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 7343 times:

VS have suspended online checkin for the next 2 days specifically for flights VS200 and VS201 (LHR-HKG-SYD-HKG-LHR)

User currently offlineMusapapaya From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2004, 1098 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (6 years 2 months 4 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 7294 times:

From HKG's website, almost all departures were cancelled or delayed since 2100 HK time. Noticebaly, EK, AF, BA all decided to give it a go to depart but CX, LH, LX etc all decided to delay until the next morning.

It would be interesting to see if anyone is on those flight which departed to see how the departure was. Dont really understand why they decided to leave... BA actually had all 2 of its 3 flights away from HKG. 3rd one shows "Gate Closed". Marvellous, but if I am flying I prefer they delay it rather.

[Edited 2008-09-23 09:30:56]


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User currently offlineYLWbased From Hong Kong, joined Jan 2006, 844 posts, RR: 4
Reply 21, posted (6 years 2 months 4 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 6613 times:

during the last T8 in HK we were amoung the last group to depart from HKG @ noon, right before HKO issued T9. man that was one bumpy T/O.

YLWbased



Hong Kong is not China. Not better or worse, just different.
User currently offlineClimb1 From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2005, 128 posts, RR: 0
Reply 22, posted (6 years 2 months 4 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 6390 times:

Well this is my first trip to HK (first trip to asia full stop!) and was lucky. Arrived Tues on BA27 at about 5:30pm. Little did we know a Typhoon was a couple of hours away!
Its like nearly 5am here but im wide awake. Partly due to the rattling windows of our hotel and also being a little jet-lagged.
Going by the information on the HK Observatory website it looks like the worst of the storm has passed which is good (should go down to a No.3 storm between about 6-7 am,)



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User currently offlineFrancoflier From France, joined Oct 2001, 3845 posts, RR: 11
Reply 23, posted (6 years 2 months 4 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 4837 times:



Quoting Swiftski (Reply 9):
I just lost a bathroom window.

Last night a neighbour had to hang on to his living room window for half an hour while someone came from the management office to help him reattach it and prevent it from falling 30 floors down...

I felt bad for the poor guy although it was quite funny to watch.

Quoting Articulatexpat (Reply 7):
The wind blowing the rain through my living room air conditioner onto my floor and new sofa...

You mean your building doesn't have a stellar construction quality? How did that happen?!  Wink

I remember flying back into HKG the morning following the last typhoon, what a mess the place was, every square inch of carpet covered with sleeping unfortunate pax.



Looks like I picked the wrong week to quit posting...
User currently offlineBabaero From Philippines, joined Jan 2002, 468 posts, RR: 0
Reply 24, posted (6 years 2 months 4 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 4619 times:

Last flight to take off last night was the Qatar A340-600 at 100am

Wind was done the runway, gusting at just over 40knotts with moderate to severe turbulance reported after 2000 feet in the climb.


25 Starlionblue : Fast typhoon. It's all over now. Just the torrential rain still pouring. My friend always stays there. It's funny how you can leave the hotel, walk li
26 ScrubbsYWG : are everyday activities somewhat normal still? I do work with some suppliers in hong kong and Shenzhen and am wondering if should be expecting anythin
27 Swiftski : Yeah we're up and running. Schools are closed, but that's procedure. When a T8 exists before 8am, schools shut. At 8am it changed to a T3 which is fi
28 Elite : It was a pretty slow moving typhoon. The observatory expected it to clear out last night and expected schools to open as usual. It was really loud las
29 Cloudyapple : I thought it was one of the fastest typhoon to have come and gone. Normally they approach at 10-15kph but this one has been travelling at 28kph. It w
30 Post contains links and images Swiftski : A couple of before/aftersnaps from the iPhone: Typhoon Hagupit (T8 level warning in force). Note the number of 'large' boats in the area - normally cl
31 Cca : Looks like Sai Kung to me
32 Starlionblue : Typhoon occur as often as every 3-4 weeks in summer, so at least in HK things recover fairly quickly. Once T8 is taken down, it's all pretty normal w
33 Swiftski : Just got back from (half way to) HKG. VS201 has been cancelled until tomorrow when it will go as VS1201 again. VS offered me a hotel room if I got the
34 WILCO737 : Hi guys, everything has calmed down. Just flew an ILS approach to 07R with winds 120/15 knots. So nothing unusal. Was a bit bumpy but not too bad. The
35 Musapapaya : Hi WilcoMD11 Can we expect a trip report from you? Cheers William
36 LEEDS19 : I was on EK385 which pushed back last 23rd night at 2225 on sched,didnt see another aircraft move,weather was horrendous,wind speed of 45kts with gust
37 MadameConcorde : Hey Swiftski, I hope you are OK. I was once in HKG during a typhoon, all offices and schools closed down, power down, horrendous winds, black rain...
38 Zeke : That is interesting, as the the limit for operating the doors (read cargo and passenger) on the 777 is 40 kts,
39 Musapapaya : I really think they should not take the unnecessary risk. Might be different airlines have different operating envelopes but it seems these are pushi
40 GARUDAROD : Sorry to appear uninformed, but what is T-8, T-3 etc??? Is that like the Hurricane catagory 1-5 with 5 being most severe?????
41 Post contains links Superhub : It's a typhoon warning system used in Hong Kong. It starts from: T-1 (standby signal) then T-3 (strong wind signal) then T-8 (gale force winds /storm
42 Starlionblue : As mentioned, this is a warning system. It is related to wind speed and so forth but not directly. It is a rough measure of the danger. Also, precaut
43 Sydscott : I just got in from AF 188 and QF 188. AF 188, 777-300ER, was delayed by an hour and a bit landing due to excessive windspeeds. The Captain made an ann
44 Zeke : That is basically the reason. Need to look beyond normal operations, if you had an engine failure for example, would you have the performance in the
45 Starlionblue : In fact, bus service and ferry service is suspended. Taxi drivers have told me their insurance no longer covers them during T8 and above.
46 Musapapaya : That is why I was suprised to see there were still several flights leaving - I really cant understand the reason behind (eg might be BA wants its 3 7
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