Typhoon Vicente hits Hong Kong

It really was a stormy night and today you can totally see what damage typhoon Vicente caused when it hit Hong Kong last night. First of all: nothing happened to us and the office is okay too. After it was clear that typhoon signal no. 8 would be issued yesterday evening, which means that everybody should go home, we hurried and finished up packing your orders quickly, so that we could go home before the big rush of people. It was really raining heavily, everybody got soaking wet and you would see lots of broken and abandoned umbrellas and fallen branches of trees already in the evening. The supermarkets and subway stations were absolutely packed. The later the evening the stormier it got, the winds were very strong and it was really noisy outside. Around midnight even the strongest typhoon signal no. 10 was issued, which happened the last time in 1999.

This morning at 10 AM the signal was lowered, so all of us could come to the office. It was really amazing to step outside, as there were super few people (usually Hong Kong is packed) and lots of damages to be seen, especially fallen trees. We read in the news that more than 600 trees were uprooted and around 100 people injured, luckily nobody really severe. Today people in Hong Kong will be busy cleaning up. We will try to pack as many of your packages today as possible, although we missed a couple of hours already.

A typical view on the way to work today: Fallen trees everywhere

A typical view on the way to work today: Fallen trees everywhere

This big tree crashed on a children playground

This big tree crashed on a children playground

This used to be a simple street restaurant close to our office, now it is devastated

This used to be a simple street restaurant close to our office, now it is devastated

This advertising sign is totally broken

This advertising sign is totally broken

Lots of trees fell down on this basketball court opposite to our building

Lots of trees fell down on this basketball court opposite to our building

Also banners and signs came off shops and buildings

Also banners and signs came off shops and buildings

These construction fences flew all over the place

These construction fences flew all over the place

This big tree is blocking a whole road

This big tree is blocking a whole road

The terrace of a local restaurant near our office

The terrace of a local restaurant near our office

Another tree blocking the road, fortunately people can still pass it

Another tree blocking the road, fortunately people can still pass it

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