In the wake of Typhoon Basyang….
When typhoon signal number 1 was announced by PAGASA yesterday before noon, I had no idea that the typhoon would leave such a mark. Typhoon Basyang (international name CONSON) didn’t seem all that strong at the time with wind speed of up to 120 Kph it was actually a normal storm for most of us. The Philippines being along the typhoon belt, we were used to these types of winds and even as I went home that afternoon everything seemed quite normal.
Classes for pre-school and grade school were cancelled at noon yesterday but as the afternoon worn on they expected heavy rains did not arrive. Hubby was even asking if I heard the announcement about the rains right. At 8pm the wind started to pick up but it was tolerable so we didn’t give it much thought, but as the night wore on the wind started to get stronger and stronger. At 10pm the wind was already whipping objects around and at 11pm the power went out and an hour later the phone lines were dead as well.
Through out the night the wind uprooted trees, tore billboards and roofs from houses, over turned vehicles. My father and I spent most of the night awake, alert to anything that might happen. We could hear the roofs rattling as the winds continuous hit them and the potted plants on the veranda being over turned and the pots breaking. No heavy rains, just a lot of wind!
By this morning, the power and phone were still out but through my cellphone radio we found out that classes were suspended but apparently I still have to go to work. MRT, a major transportation means in Metro Manila was also out…arrrghh! So, I took the bus. Well, just imagine the bus as a can of sardines and the situation was worst. LOL!
As the bus moved along EDSA, I was surprised and dumb-founded at all the devastation I was seeing on the road I mean Typhoon Ondoy was terrible but this was nothing like Ondoy, even with all the devastation that Ondoy did it didn’t destroy so much vital facilities. By the time I reached the office, the news was announcing that power was out in 85% of the island of Luzon, which was a huge thing considering that Luzon was the largest island cluster in the country and the most populated. For the rest of the day most offices operated by generators but even as of writing this blog some provinces still have 0% of their electric power back.
And this was the first major typhoon that hit the country this year, now they say we should expect about 16 more major typhoons to come….be vigilant everyone!