SQCXlover From United States of America, joined May 2003, 56 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (7 years 4 months 3 weeks 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 8636 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.
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.
Articulatexpat From Hong Kong, joined Sep 2006, 156 posts, RR: 1
Reply 7, posted (7 years 4 months 3 weeks 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 8199 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.
Airbus_A340 From Hong Kong, joined Mar 2000, 1567 posts, RR: 18
Reply 10, posted (7 years 4 months 3 weeks 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 8135 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.
People. They make an airline. www.cathaypacific.com
Swiftski From Australia, joined Dec 2006, 2701 posts, RR: 2
Reply 13, posted (7 years 4 months 3 weeks 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 8039 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
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
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.
Articulatexpat From Hong Kong, joined Sep 2006, 156 posts, RR: 1
Reply 17, posted (7 years 4 months 3 weeks 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 7851 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.
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
Musapapaya From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2004, 1157 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (7 years 4 months 3 weeks 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 7750 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.
Climb1 From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2005, 128 posts, RR: 0
Reply 22, posted (7 years 4 months 3 weeks 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 6846 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,)
In my eyes the Boeing 747 will ALWAYS be the queen of the skies!