One gray, windy day in Hong Kong...
The value of typhoon shelters are not as obvious on gorgeous days
but every once in a while, a typhoon comes along to remind you
It's very rare for me to not venture out of my apartment here in Hong Kong, and this especially so when I'm not feeling unwell. But for much of today, Typhoon Warning Signal Number 8 was in effect and after the typhoon warning was lowered -- first to Typhoon Warning Signal Number 3, then Typhoon Warning Signal Number 1 -- it kept on raining almost non-stop throughout the afternoon and evening.
Coming along just four days after Typhoon Hato hit town, Severe Tropical Storm Pakhar has made it so that the Hong Kong Observatory has now raised a typhoon warning signal of 8 or above as many times already this year as it did for the whole of 2016. And if we take last year as a guide, we've got some two months of the typhoon season to go!
Compared to Hato, Pakhar was somewhat weakling and definitely less of a media star as I've not seen any videos of it wreaking havoc going viral the way that was the case for Wednesday's typhoon. This didn't mean, however, that this severe tropical storm wasn't dangerous; with reports of Pakhar being responsible for at least one fatality (after a light truck overturned while travelling on a highway and throwing its driver out of the vehicle while Typhoon Signal Number 8 was raised) in addition to delays of 471 flights and cancellations of another 206 at Hong Kong International Airport.