07/24/2012 04:00 pm ET Updated Sep 23, 2012

Escape From Hong Kong During Typhoon Vincente (PHOTOS)

I was in Shenzhen, China, just north of Hong Kong in China's Pearl River Delta on the evening of the July 23, when Typhoon Vincente hit. From the 17th floor of the apartment where I had been staying for a week, I watched sheets of rain and wind pound the city, knocking down trees and flooding the streets.

On the morning of the 24th, I crossed from the mainland into Hong Kong and boarded an airport shuttle for Hong Kong International. There were so many trees and branches down along the highway that I arrived just as my flight to Osaka was supposed to take off.

I was relieved that it was delayed... until it was delayed a further two times, eventually departing ten hours after its scheduled time.

Here is my photo essay of Hong Kong Airport during Typhoon Vincente.

Escape from Hong Kong