An entirely brilliant or insanely dumb guy from Zhangjiang city in Guangdong province braved the winds of Typhoon Kalmaegi to snap a few photos demonstrating the strong gale coming in as the typhoon hits mainland China.
A keen eye (or just a dude with Microsoft paint) has pointed out that behind our model, there seems to be a group of people casually milling about the field—but if these pictures are faked, he’s still pretty impressive (and in good company).
Kalmaegi made landfall in Hainan province after ripping through the Hong Kong, where over 500 flights and the stock exchange were cancelled due to the dangerous weather, and the Philippines. As the typhoon passed the southern coast of Hong Kong, winds blew at an alarming rate of 160 kilometers per hour. In preparation of landfall on mainland China, about 90,000 people have been evacuated from Hainan’s coast.
Guangdong province is feeling the effects of Kalmaegi but will remain largely out of its path, giving us the most literal “wind-blown” model photography the country has ever seen.
By Briel Waxman