Wednesday, July 16, 2014

The Wrath of Typhoon Glenda

I noticed that I've been writing about typhoons on my blog - well those that have either rattled me or those that I did some work for. Typhoon Glenda is one of those typhoons that worried me. She did not bring a lot of rain like Typhoon Ondoy and Pepeng, but she brought a lot of wind. News agencies said that Typhoon Glenda was going to be like Typhoon Milenyo. I missed Typhoon Milenyo because I was in the US, but I remember it was one of those typhoons that hit hard and it was days before power was restored in our neighborhood.

I woke up at around 3 in the morning because it was raining. It wasn't raining hard yet during that time, but I guess due to Typhoon Ondoy my body's wired to the weather. I kept tossing and turning and finally got up before 5 in the morning since Sweetie started giving me updates about the typhoon. We lost power just before 6 in the morning so I tried going back to sleep. The wind started to pick up then so I just gave up and walked around the house.

I was also afraid that our veranda glass door might shatter due to the wind. Sweetie had to run out to bring in some of the things we had in our veranda (table, chairs and a plastic case) to keep it from flying out and hitting someone. The huge tree at the back of our place was dancing wildly. Toyota was lucky that the tree wasn't uprooted because it would've hit a number of their inventory.

The wind became stronger at around 7 in the morning and our tiny radio crackled and the reporter said that the typhoon was near Manila already. At around 8 in the morning the wind's direction moved and started pounding on our sala's veranda door. The howling wind was pushing in the glass door and I thought it was going to break. I prayed hard that it won't. During that time the typhoon's eye was in Manila Bay. The news said that the typhoon changed direction because it hit some mountains on the way to Manila and hit Cavite instead.

When we finally got power back I saw in the news that Muntinlupa City was hit hard. One of the schools lost its roof and unlike in our area a lot of the business establishments were not able to open. I'm so thankful that the typhoon headed to Manila Bay instead of the city. The devastation would've been really huge if it hit Metro Manila. My family was unscathed. The only damage we had was our decades old mango tree which was uprooted (huhu).

Goodbye my dear mango tree :(

I hope everyone's okay and have power back in their homes.

Here's the crisis map made by the community.

The wind was so strong it blew off people -