The typhoon T3 warning from last night was kept in place this morning, and then the HK Observatory issued a notice saying that they’ll be upgrading this warning to T8 at or before 2pm today. T8 is when things start to shut down: schools and shops close; buses and taxis stop running; and offices send their workers home. So they try and warn the public as early as possible before they actually issue T8, to give people plenty of time to start making their way home. They also ramp up the frequency of the trains to get people home more quickly. These guys are totally all over this typhoon business! 👍
I, on the other hand, am completely not prepared for this! I was freaking out all morning, and once T8 was finally issued, the stress was just cemented! 😩 N, on the other hand, was perfectly calm and relaxed. The only good thing about a T8 is that he gets to go home! 😆
As the afternoon wore on, the rain and wind kept pushing on as well, and the HK Observatory kept issuing alert after alert, including flash flooding and landslides in certain areas.
And now, well into the evening, the rain is still going strong, and T8 is still in force, but they may downgrade that to T3 at around midnight. And the buses have just announced that they will resume overnight services. So hopefully once we wake up tomorrow, things will be back to normal once again 🤞
This is my first T8 while living in HK, and so far, it was largely uneventful, fortunately. I hope over time, I will start to view these T8 alerts as a nice break, and instead of stressing out like I did today, I will be prepared for them with a nice bottle of wine 🍷 and perhaps some cheese 🧀 enjoying myself at home while we wait for nature to do its thing outside 😆