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How far above sea level is Hong Kong? I know Sandy did a number on Manhatten and Long Island.
I believe it's built around a huge harbor, but also goes up into the hills.But I think that's where the wealthy homes are, most everybody else, as well as much of the commerce related stuff would be near sea-level, and get wasted.
A financial center like Hong Kong getting seriously slammed could have far reaching repurcussions.
edit: I got curious and checked Wiki for more info, and was surprised to read :
"....much of Hong Kong's terrain is hilly to mountainous with steep slopes, less than 25% of the territory's landmass is developed.........The highest elevation in the territory is at Tai Mo Shan, 957 metres (3,140 ft) above sea level.[122] Hong Kong's long and irregular coast provides it with many bays, rivers and beaches...."

Their high amount of "bays,rivers and beaches" is (obviously) extremely vulnerable, as are all those steep slopes. This could be REALLY ugly.
 

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A financial center like Hong Kong getting seriously slammed could have far reaching repurcussions


you're right, hadn't even thought of that.
 

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Daya bay is a ways away from us but still close. After fukushima the Chinese really looked at the safety issues it might have.
This is the first big typhoon this year for us, its usually Taiwan and the PI that gets hit.
the city shuts down once it gets close and bad enough.
Due to it being a weekend we will probably close up early.
Pretty amazing to see a city of 8million completly dead and shut down.
Like mil-dot said, everything is built in the sides or near mountains so landslides are a very real threat. The harbor will be shut down.
But i dont think we will have a katrina like mess here.
People (most) over here dont take this seriously. So the complaining on TV the next day is comedy gold.
My wife and i live in a village house in the countryside so the only thing ti worry about is flying debris.
most people here dont really worry until after it hits. So im sure there will be a run on rice and water just like every year.
My neighbor and I are prepared as always and ready to help each other if its needed.
But tomorow night will be a bottle of wine witb the wife and watch the idiots on TV.
 

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Daya bay is a ways away from us but still close. After fukushima the Chinese really looked at the safety issues it might have.
This is the first big typhoon this year for us, its usually Taiwan and the PI that gets hit.
the city shuts down once it gets close and bad enough.
Due to it being a weekend we will probably close up early.
Pretty amazing to see a city of 8million completly dead and shut down.
Like mil-dot said, everything is built in the sides or near mountains so landslides are a very real threat. The harbor will be shut down.
But i dont think we will have a katrina like mess here.
People (most) over here dont take this seriously. So the complaining on TV the next day is comedy gold.
My wife and i live in a village house in the countryside so the only thing ti worry about is flying debris.
most people here dont really worry until after it hits. So im sure there will be a run on rice and water just like every year.
My neighbor and I are prepared as always and ready to help each other if its needed.
But tomorow night will be a bottle of wine witb the wife and watch the idiots on TV.
Thanks for your post, and keep us updated. Hope you ride it out fine.
 

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Daya bay is a ways away from us but still close. After fukushima the Chinese really looked at the safety issues it might have.
This is the first big typhoon this year for us, its usually Taiwan and the PI that gets hit.
the city shuts down once it gets close and bad enough.
Due to it being a weekend we will probably close up early.
Pretty amazing to see a city of 8million completly dead and shut down.
Like mil-dot said, everything is built in the sides or near mountains so landslides are a very real threat. The harbor will be shut down.
But i dont think we will have a katrina like mess here.
People (most) over here dont take this seriously. So the complaining on TV the next day is comedy gold.
My wife and i live in a village house in the countryside so the only thing ti worry about is flying debris.
most people here dont really worry until after it hits. So im sure there will be a run on rice and water just like every year.
My neighbor and I are prepared as always and ready to help each other if its needed.
But tomorow night will be a bottle of wine witb the wife and watch the idiots on TV.
good luck. stay safe. as we say in south Florida time to hunker down. yeah, thats always fun to watch what the idiots are doing! hopefully storm goes south and misses you.
 

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So far looks like a direct hit sunday and monday so long weekend for me!
Weather is beautiful right now clear blue skies, no pollution, 78 degrees.
The beautiful weather right before the storm always throws some people off. I think it is a gift so you have time to get your lawn chairs in and relax a little before it hits. :)

Stay safe and keep us updated as you can.
 

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Standby signal 1 now raised, when it goes to signal 3 is when the knuckleheads go to the stores and buy all the rice and bottled water.

The system over here is a bit strange:

Standby signal 1 = typhoon 800km away, start praying for #8 so you get the day off!
Signal 3 = typhoon closer and the weather is changing, buy all the rice and water you can!
Signal 8 = Its here!! some places are windy, and others are not. But everyone gets the day off work.
Signal 10 = Its bad! stay inside! Procede to complain about no bus or mtr service after you have had ample warning in advance. And your dumb a$$ is stranded in the station for the night!

Think there is a signal 9 but dont know when or why that is raised. No idea where 2,4,5,6,7 are.
 

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Just closed up my restaurant for the weekend,
massive storm going to make a direct hit and people are out partying and going nuts like nothing is going on.
granted its not supposed to hit until tomorrow night, and it is a beautiful night.
But you would think people would be a bit more concerned?
Especially when its the biggest one we are going to get in the past 30 years!
Gonna be a long day tomorrow, got to board up and tie down.
 

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Just closed up my restaurant for the weekend,
massive storm going to make a direct hit and people are out partying and going nuts like nothing is going on.
granted its not supposed to hit until tomorrow night, and it is a beautiful night.
But you would think people would be a bit more concerned?
Especially when its the biggest one we are going to get in the past 30 years!
Gonna be a long day tomorrow, got to board up and tie down.
Good luck!!
 

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I lived there for a while - stay safe JBHK1976 !

Being young and new to the island the term Signal #8 didn't mean anything to me, and I wondered around during a Signal 8, it was very erie to be the ONLY person outside in this usually bustling metropolis, I literally had the city to myself. Only a while later did I realize the impact these tropical storms have, but the city is very prepared and very organized for these yearly storms.

The term 'super' typhoon that's being used is new, so I wish you the best.
 
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