…nature rings bagyong…

Less than a month ago, I experienced in the same week a small tremor (New Yorkers liked to make it a bigger deal than it was) and Hurricane Irene (which, while doing damage to much of the eastern coastline of the U.S., it didn’t really do much to us where we lived). Thinking I’m battle hardened and combat ready for anything, along comes my first full-blown typhoon. This is a bigger deal than I expected, and we aren’t even experiencing the worst of it.

The usual spectacular green views of the Manila Golf Course and steely skyline of Makati City’s Central Business District is now obscured by the low hanging clouds blowing around due to the gale force winds of Typhoon (bagyong) Pedring.

It is remarkable that the gale force winds outside don’t suck the glass panes right out from our windows. After a sleepless night full of green flashes in the sky and noise like I never heard before, we woke up thinking we had no power in our apartment. Then someone showed us the back-up switch to turn on limited current in the unit. Duhhh..

Ocean waves crashing at sea, freight trains blowing full speed through a station, rumbles like jet aircraft taking off outside your room and hair-raising howls one can only imagine; these are just a sampling of some of the fierce sounds the wind makes from the typhoon hovering over the main island of Luzon in the Philippines.

While several areas in Metro Manila and nearby provinces were without electricity early Tuesday because of damage caused by Typhoon Pedring cutting power and transmission lines, we have (back-up) power in our unit. Perks, I guess, of living on Billionaire’s Row..

Strong winds uprooted trees; schools, businesses and government offices were closed, flights suspended, and river edged towns evacuated for fear of flooding. Remarkably, one death and 5 missing reported as of this writing. The typhoon was upgraded from the original Signal 1 to Signal 2 here in Metro Manila, which means wind gusts from 60 to 100 Kph; maximum strength of the storm remains 120 Kph near its center with gusts up to 150. That’s a lot of wind, and rain (Signal 3 was posted for much of the eastern and northern parts of Luzon, which is much worse off). It is supposed to leave the region by Wednesday night. And then there’s word of another one approaching by the weekend…

I consider myself lucky to have survived my first storm. I am not out and about in the city with my camera or out in the provinces where I’m sure there is considerable damage. I have light where others may not. This is no different from the devastation that wreaks havoc anywhere around the globe when nature decides to do her “thing”. We can only hope that people in these situations can make their preparations, hunker down, and pray for deliverance.

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Until next time.