|my phone alerts|
Amber Rain - wear your Wellies (fashion is not worth having soaked feet)
Red Rain - forget finding a taxi or bus (schools closed if announced early enough)
Black Rain - take cover! and stay put!
Last week, Hong Kong straddled two storms coming up from the South. The second one being a 'super typhoon' headed for the Philippines, then us (well past typhoon season). We were hit with a deluge of rain unlike anything I've seen in my life, flash-floods and landslips. Most of the scary stuff happened when we least expected it - on a day in between the two storms.
It was a normal Wednesday. We (teachers) got drenched ushering kids out to the afternoon buses (boots weren't cutting it). We hunkered down for our weekly meetings (distracted by the weather, of course) and were in the thick of it when Red Rain, and then Black Rain were announced.
|Must be a good newspaper! |
disclosure -- This pic (of an uncle in Chai Wan) and those following, of the storm, are from hongkongers out and about Wednesday afternoon. They are not my own.
The amount of water that released from the sky was astounding. Unreal.
|yes, there are people in that bus|
|this is around the corner from us - at Pacific View, near the Manhattan - this, among other spots, between myself and ABear|
|Stanley Beach Road|
|our bridge - over Tai Tam Reservoir|
|home at last!|
|apparently she learned "flip cup" while waiting it out at school :) hahahaha|
Black Rain is no joke.
Flash Floods are fast. Really fast.
Trust your peeps. And do what you can to help.
|The gorgeous day (Thursday) between Black Rain and Typhoon|
The reason everyone is safe is largely because of the many people who made split-second decisions in the moment of chaos. They kept their wits about them. They were zen. They didn't imagine it away, or pretend it wasn't happening. They didn't panic. They didn't let that sense of the surreal take them over. They saw the reality and took action. And the next day, they didn't curl up into an internal canvas of personal breath-catching. They got up, went to work, swapped stories, offered support, exhaled together. Together. And it was good. (And it's also good that we had today to do some at-home unwinding.)