We got to experience our first Typhoon no. 8 today! A no. 8 flag (the warning levels here are 1, 3, 8, 9 and 10 ) was hoisted this morning and so the Mr. got to stay home from work. On a no. 8 everything is closed: markets, school, government offices, busses etc. Although it’s been mostly high winds and rains here, Nesat killed at least 20 people in the Philippines before landing in Hong Kong.
I took this shot from our deck during a moment of calm this morning… it’s weird how the clouds created a straight line across the horizon. There seems to be a lot of whirling about out there… calm to wind to rain to calm and repeat.
A Typhoon no. 8 is hoisted on average 1.4 times per year here in Hong Kong and it means that winds are 63 – 117 kmh or 38-73 mph.
I wonder if any American readers have even heard of Nesat? It’s funny because we heard ALL about Irene. A hurricane is the same thing as a typhoon, except for a typhoon is a tropical storm in the South Pacific and a hurricane is a tropical storm in the Atlantic.
From the AP:
“Mayor Santiago Austria of the rice-farming town of Jaen in Nueva Ecija province appealed to the government for help, saying many people in his community of 63,000 needed to be rescued but that officials there had only four rescue boats.
“Many people here are still on top of their houses. We don’t have enough boats to reach them and hand them food,” Austria said.
In all, nearly 500,000 people were affected by the typhoon in the northern Philippines, of which about 170,000 were forced to flee their homes and were in various evacuation centers. The government says damage to farms and infrastructure is estimated at 1.15 billion pesos ($26 million).”
In the past hour, the maximum gusts recorded at Cheung Chau, Tai Mei Tuk and Star Ferry were 105, 101 and 80 kilometres per hour respectively… about half of Irene’s max speed.
Although I don’t wish this type of damage on anyone, I am loving getting to do a little pantry cooking and nesting… it’s the tropics equivalent of a snow day.