You’re doing it wrong: The best and worst of super typhoon shenanigans

Taking photos at Tai Po Waterfront park mid typhoon. Via screengrab of video posted by Milk Sh Li on Facebook

Video and pictures from the last few hours have shown the terrible force of nature a typhoon can unleash.

But while mother nature’s one thing, human nature is certainly more unpredictable. Sometimes inspiring, frequently hilarious and, unfortunately, often downright dangerous.

To illustrate the point, here’s a list people doing things during typhoon Mangkhut that can be categorized as follows:

Certainly don’t, no way, nu-uh

Swimming: Apple Daily uploaded this picture this afternoon. According to the outlet, it was taken in Sai Wan.

十號風球,有人在西環對出「游水」…(朱永倫攝)#超強颱風襲港 #山竹【風暴消息 不斷更新 10號颶風信號現正生效】【烏溪沙碼頭觀浪…

Posted by 香港蘋果日報 on Sunday, September 16, 2018

Sightseeing on an ocean promenade: According to Apple Daily, a resident of Ma On Shan spotted three people on the definitely-a-dangerous-place-to-be promenade jutting out into the ocean. Luckily, they made it off before, surprise, the whole thing was submerged by rising waters.


時間: 12:00 地點: 馬鞍山 #烏溪沙碼頭 事件: 圖中兩條友為咗睇浪,被圍困家陣等人救…

Posted by Rick Chiu on Saturday, September 15, 2018



Taking photos at Tai Po Waterfront park mid typhoon: Again, not a smart move.

Walking dog on pier in Sai Wan: Sure, dogs need regular exercise but probs should make an exception when the Observatory issues THE STRONGEST TYPHOON ALERT.

Delivering food: This one comes the mainland but, seeing as the same lesson applies anywhere a massive storm is raging, we thought we’d include it anyway.

Leaving your parrot on the roof: A Twitter user spotted a pet bird left on a nearby rooftop. Not cool.

Probs don’t

Venturing out for dim sum at a restaurant with lots of glass windows: Their lust for dim sum was as strong as the gale force wind that smashed the restaurant’s windows.

Venturing out at all: But, if you must, there are certainly ways to protect yourself.

十號風球下,紅磡多棟商廈多幅玻璃幕牆碎裂。紅磡海濱廣場二期對開路面,大量文件和雜物散落一地。有途人疑為免高空物件墮下砸中自己,見到路邊垃圾筒蓋亂滾,執起當成保護罩來用。(2018年9月16日 「山竹」猛襲本港時,跟眾多行家冒着狂風暴…

Posted by 明報即時新聞 on Sunday, September 16, 2018


Up to you

Cling-wrapping your car: There’s no after shots to see whether it worked, but hey, if you love your car.

Posted by 薛日荣 on Saturday, September 15, 2018

Conflate well-taped windows with a desire to return to colonial rule: No word about a furious response from Beijing as yet.

Yes, go for it

Protect your windows with comedy: In the days before Mangkhut’s arrival Hongkongers in unison reached for the adhesive tape to secure those windows. Some went for standard patterns, others had a bit of fun.

Posted by 彭傑暉 on Friday, September 14, 2018


Protect your windows with sanitary pads: Did consider putting this in the “up to you” section but safety first.


Posted by 黃初平 on Friday, September 14, 2018

Protect your windows with pictures of Li Ka-shing: The ongoing joke about the tycoon’s ability to deflect typhoons continued with Mangkhut, though some netizens worried his retirement this year may have lessened the power of the “Li field.”

Posted by Chan Cheuk Bun on Friday, September 14, 2018

Be a concerned parent: Some parents simply worry, others offer solutions for problems.

Use informative safety gear: The basket adopt the head of this cashier in Tai Po informs customers that tape has, in fact, sold out. Nice.


Posted by Alvin Teo on Saturday, September 15, 2018

Hunker down and meme: Rain, hail or typhoon, some people are just creative. Like these folks who, inspired by the storm, created a parody of an old Cantopop song by singer Paula Tsui song called “windy season.” Truly apt.


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