Wednesday, August 6, 2008

I survived an HK typhoon

Today was a typhoon day in Hong Kong. Tropical storm Kammuri passed by Hong Kong on its way toward western Guangdong.

IHT's deputy managing editor told me that if the storm was "level 8," HK would shut down. It wouldn't be worth going to work, because they shutter the building and won't let people in. When I woke up this morning, the Hong Kong Observatory reported that "No. 8 Southeast Gale or Storm Signal is in force." It stayed in force until about 3 p.m. so no work for me today.

All the shops in the area were indeed closed, and the HK streets were uncharacteristically empty. Indian Village restaurant opened at 2 p.m., thankfully, as I hadn't stocked up on groceries. Saag paneer and naan saved me from typhoon starvation.

Weather-wise: it was a little rainy and a little windy. It was reminiscent of hurricane days in Sarasota and snow days in D.C. Unnecessary hype leading to an unexpected (and appreciated) day off. A couple of snowflakes in D.C. shuts the whole city down!

Highlights of the day were a long nap and a foot massage at Happy Feet, when the city came back to life after the storm rating dropped to "strong wind signal, no. 3."

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