Sadly we are at 25 now:
CY announces the end of typhoon signals in order that Mainlanders will have no impediments to their shopping jaunts. "We can't afford for Hong Kong stores to shut their doors if there are Mainlanders wishing to shop," said CY reiterating his government's sole economy policy, that of positioning Hong Kong as the region's biggest shopping centre for Mainlanders.
I think that there was probably a reason why HK was built where it was. Storms typically go above and below us. Must have been some method in the madness...doubt it is sheer luck.
I never saw folks back in Australia get excited when an aproaching storm surge, flood, or bush fire was about to land in their direction. People generally did what was needed to minimize loss of life, grabbing the essentials and getting to the evac shelter in their municipality within time.
I find the lack of common sense and fool hardy dutch courage out here, at times, pretty sad. Your time will come, when that luck runs out.
Early warning systems save lives, and require the majority of the populous to work together when dangerous weather is anticipated. In my opinion its better to take it seriously, than to not.
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Well we don't have anywhere to evacuate to... If an evacuation were possible and warranted I'm sure people would do so. However, they would still be the hold-outs. Look at Hurricane Katrina. While evacuation was not possible for some people, i.e. no transport, many chose to stay behind to "tough it out", even holding Katrina parties.
Humans are inherently bad at risk assessment so we cannot always expect logical, rational behaviour in the face of danger.
It was another lucky escape IMHO Maybe one day we're running out of luck. Not an expert but one direct hit and we're in deep deep shit.100% appreciate the cautious approach of the HKO.
Phew! No reports in the Daily Wail about British tourists being stranded at the airport or having their holiday plans disrupted... All is well in the world.
I don't think any of us Brits weren't prepared. It is just yet again another whimper that wouldn't have registered as anything more than a very blustery Autumn day back in Blighty. We Brits are hardy souls and preparing by watching beer and soccer testifies to our strength in the face of adversity. I