Typhoon information for Expats
As Super Typhoon Mangkhut moves across Asia, countries are issuing emergency alters and evacuations. If you’re considering or in the middle of relocation insurance is probably on your mind.
Mangkhut is the equivalent of a category 5 hurricane, and has already become 2018’s strongest storm with wind speeds of 285 kmph (180 mph). A second typhoon, Barijat, is following as it storms across east and southeast Asia. A lot of expats who come from western countries just won’t have experienced anything like this.
What is a typhoon?
A typhoon is a tropical storm – the same as a hurricane or a cyclone. Officially, they’re all called tropical cyclones.
Storms in the western Pacific Ocean or Eastern Hemisphere are called typhoons. Those in the Atlantic and eastern Pacific of the Western Hemisphere are called hurricanes. Cyclones are the tropical storms from the South Pacific and Indian Ocean.
Once a tropical storm reaches sustained winds of 120 kmph (74 mph), it’s classified as a hurricane, typhoon, or tropical cyclone (depending on where in the world the storm originates).
A typhoon is caused by existing weather disturbances, warm tropical oceans, moisture, and generally light winds. If these conditions last long enough they can combine to produce violent waves, rains, winds, and floods. Over the past forty years, typhoons in China and Southeast Asia have been becoming much stronger.
Interested in the history of the biggest typhoons around Hong Kong? Have a look at this table from the Hong Kong Observatory.
The Independent has put together some advice for travellers here.
What to do during a typhoon
Before the typhoon
During the typhoon
You can read an article with more information about preparing for typhoon season in Hong Kong here.
What happens with relocation during a typhoon?
We check in with our moving teams, storage facilities, and active shipments. And we keep a close eye on the weather report and official advice. Although shipping ports are open 365 days a year, they do stop when natural disasters like a typhoon pose a threat.
Almost all insurance won’t cover acts of god. This includes moving company insurance and typhoons. We take a lot of care to make sure our staff and any shipments we have are secure and safe and we follow all official advice.
Once the typhoon has passed, we can take stock and continue shipment. If there are any delays, we’ll always advise our customers.