[LMB] OT: tornadoes and hurricanes, was Bridge collapse

Alexandra Kwan litalex at gmail.com
Fri Aug 10 17:09:02 BST 2007


On 10 Aug 2007, at 9:41 PM, Ross Ashley wrote:
> Atlantic, swing west towards the Caribbean and then generally swing  
> north. (The
> Pacific equivalent, with which Little Alex will be familiar, are  
> typhoons.) The

Curiously enough, HK just had her first Signal No. 8[1] level typhoon  
in three years... [2]

little Alex

1. No. 8 is when kids get out of schools and grown-ups get out of the  

2. Last year there were some pretty strong winds -- so strong that it  
blew a rubbish bin into the air and almost hit a pedestrian, but the  
HK Observatory didn't raise the No. 8 signal, and was severely  

3. This year they learned their lesson and raised the No. 8 signal  
even though some places were pretty quiet, but they raised it so  
quickly that it caught everyone off guard, and the public transport  
system had to play catch-up without much success -- most of the  
subway stations were jam packed for hours, people had to wait an  
extra hour for buses, the ferries all shut down early, leaving people  
stranded... meaning, the HK Observatory will be severely criticised  
again. I really do feel sorry for them...

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