Tuesday, July 11, 2006

Typhoon Alert! "Ma, get the herd inside!"


This morning we woke up inside a washing machine. Or was it a car wash? Either way, our windows were being blasted with sideways-driven sheets of rain with loud cracks of thunder and flashes of lightning. The Pacific Ocean Tropical Storm "Florita" (or "Bilis", depending on what country you're currently in) is cruising it's way northwest at 12 knots with sustained winds of 55 miles per hour. It's over the Philippine Sea and heading toward northern Taiwain. Here's a map of this part of the globe for you geographically challenged folk:

Typhoon2000.com has a cool animation of the storm track. The clouds broke for about an hour around 9am, but now it's back to it's full-force deluge again. I guess this is what is meant by the term "rainy season". And it looks like it's here to stay:

Here's a few shots out of our window around 7:30am this morning:

Update: 5:00pm, about 9 hours after the initial post.
After off-and-on rain showers all afternoon, it's now back to full-force downpour and thick dark skies. From our 10th floor window, I can see only about 2 blocks of street before it dissapears into gray, misty wetness. It's pretty intense.

[That's the roof of the Glorietta Mall....beyond that..nothing.]


At 11:34 AM, Blogger Dena said...

Happy Birthday Tim!

At 9:12 AM, Blogger Isabel's Mommy said...

I don't know much about Typhoons. Are they something to be scared about?

At 8:13 PM, Blogger Tim & Kendra said...

A typhoon is the same thing as a hurricane, only it's one that forms in the Western Pacific Ocean.

So it is a scary thing, especially since the majority of buildings in China, Japan, Hong Kong, the Philippines, and Taiwan aren't up to withstand that kind of thing.

Here, people usually just put bricks or rocks on their scrap metal roofs to keep them from blowing off.

This latest one killed 10 people in the Philippines.

"Typhoon" comes from 台風 or "taifu" in Japanese,

The word hurricane is derived from the name of a native Caribbean Amerindian storm god, Huracan.

(thanks, Wikipedia!)



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