Typhoon!!

Disneyland Hotel, Hong Kong
Disneyland Hotel, Hong Kong

I arrived in Hong Kong three days ago.  I’d meant to write sooner but jumped into production and have been burning the midnight oil ever since.  When we got off the plane it was announced that Hong Kong was experiencing the hottest day of the year.  It was around 95º with what felt like 110% humidity.  Beyond muggy or as Matthew Broderick put it in Biloxi Blues, “Africa hot.”

Because this is a Disney project (Disney Alien Abduction) for Halloween we are staying at the Disneyland Hotel.  It’s about 45 minutes outside the city so there’s no night life and we’re surrounded by screaming children on every floor, corner and room of the place.  It was kind of funny for the first few hours but when you’re trying work it’s quite a distraction.  The director I’m working with may pay for his own room in the city before this over.

The whole project is shooting on stage so we won’t get a guided tour of the city but we’re getting a taste as we ride 1.5 hours roundtrip per day.  Hong Kong is littered with suspension bridges.  An amazing engineering feet.  The skyline is surrounded by tropical jungle and the people seem friendly.

View of Hong Kong from production office
View of Hong Kong from production office

I attempted to run outside yesterday but even at 7am the humidity was beyond anything I was interested in experiencing.  Fortunately the gym has some great running machines and I put in a fast 10k before breakfast.  I’ll probaby live on the machines for the remainder of my stay.

Tonight we are sequestered in our hotel.  The entire city has shut down due to the impending Typhoon – a category 8!  Currently it is dumping rain outside with strong winds.  Here’s the update from the weather service:

Tropical Cyclone Bulletin Here is the latest Tropical Cyclone Bulletin issued by the Hong Kong Observatory.

The No. 8 Southeast Gale or Storm Signal is in force.

This means that winds with mean speeds of 63 kilometres per hour or more are expected from the southeast quarter.

At 11 p.m., Severe Tropical Storm Goni was centred about 110 kilometres southwest of Hong Kong (near 21.7 degrees north 113.3 degrees east) and is forecast to move northwest or north-northwest at about 10 kilometres per hour towards the western coast of the Pearl River Estuary.

According to the present forecast track, Goni will be closest to Hong Kong in the next few hours. Since Goni will skirt to the west of Hong Kong, the western part of Hong Kong will be most affected.

In the past hour, the maximum gusts recorded at Cheung Chau were 67 kilometres per hour.

A high water level of 2.9 metres above chart datum is expected at Quarry Bay between 6:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m tomorrow morning (5 Aug). The high water level may cause flooding in low-lying areas in Sheung Wan.

Should be an interesting night.

Hong Kong Suspension Bridge
Hong Kong Suspension Bridge
Suspension Support
Suspension Support
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