With typhoon Usagi on the way, by 10:30 pm on Sunday night, nearly every store in Causeway Bay was closed.
Hong Kong’s thriving shopping, dining, and entertainment neighborhood ground to halt as what the media are calling “the most powerful storm of 2013” was due to arrive. Walking around what are typically the district’s most high-traffic spots, from SOGO department store on Hennessy Road, to Times Square Shopping Mall on Matheson Street, the area was a ghost town.
In fact, Causeway Bay’s major crossing point, the intersection just in front of SOGO department store, was nearly empty.
Stores take precautions
As typhoon Usagi is predicted to be extremely powerful, stores around the area were taking measures to help minimize potential damage.
The area’s many 7-11 stores, which are typically open 24 hrs, were still doing business, some with sandbags in place.
Even Paterson Street, another busy corner of the neighborhood usually teaming with people, was deserted.
Still several hours before the culmination of the storm, with just a light rain and little wind, downed umbrellas were already turning up.
The city’s bamboo scaffolding, ever-present during Hong Kong’s endless renovation, may soon be put to the test.
Here’s a quick video of what Causeway Bay looked like during typhoon Usagi!
For previous storm reports, have a look at our post on Typhoon Megi, particularly the video at the end from a bad storm in 2009 that we shot in Lan Kwai Fong! Similarly, we also covered a typhoon weekend in 2008 that has some great photos!