The strongest storm on earth, “Yolanda” with international name “Haiyan”

The image shows super typhoon as it hits the Philippines, November 8, 2013.

image source: Yahoo News

The Philippines sits in the most active area for tropical cyclones. Storms, earthquake and other disasters are a common occurrence.  With over 7,000 islands directly  exposed coast,  an average of  20 typhoons occur every year.   Typhoon “Yolanda” with international name “Haiyan”  is the strongest storm  ever recorded in the history on the planet with winds of up to 315 kilometers per hour (195 miles per hour) and gusts of 380 kph (235 mph).

Yolanda made six landfalls started yesterday early morning of  November 8 before it finally exited, I mean about to leave PAR today at 2pm.  Days even the storm came, people have evacuated and prepared for devastating storm.  Today, the full extent of the  damage  have yet to be determined  because of  down communication lines.

Filipinos have survived different calamities and  stand stronger storm after storm.   Let me just post a comment  from  “dudesk001’s   in  an  international news about the storm.  This has been circulating online that prompted me to  search  the internet.  I found this on the comment section of CNN’s  article about Yolanda’s update.

“Time
to get to know the hardy Filipino people…unbelievably resilient,
long-suffering, good-natured, uber friendly, loyal, ingenious, and a
bunch of survivors.

At the end of the day, the Filipinos
will just shake off the dirt from their clothes and thongs, and go
about their business…and SMILE. They do not complain much, they will
bear as long as they can.

Maybe this is why they were given the “privilege” of bearing the burden of the strongest typhoon ever recorded.”

Ondoy-like Flood

The Philippines is not only the country being hit by flood this year.  As storms passed, it headed China  and other nearby countries and also brought  heavy rainfall and flood.    Many people were affected even if the nameless storm “habagat,”  others call it Baha-gat, because it brought a red signal warming all over the metro and western and southern Luzon.    It left the country  while Helen  entered  the  PAR.  Despite the calamities, the country stood still  storm after storm.    I call it  Ondoy-like storm.  You may Call  it  Baha-gat or  Habagat.  Whatever it may be, we should always be ready whenever a  low pressure area (LPA)  is  within PAR.  Habagat,  during month of August,   always  brings heavy rain.

 

Classes Suspended

As usual, classes were suspended late today when the students were already at school. My younger daughter who is attending an afternoon session was lucky to just stay up late in bed while my older daughter called me up from school and said that she’s on her way home and can manage to go home by herself.  The flood is just an ankle deep.  Before lunch time, my older daughter, armed with umbrella and jacket came home dry with no typhoon to blame of being unprepared. She said that she saved a hundred pesos for the allowance, except that she already ate her packed lunch and it was only 10 am.

As early as 8pm today, DepEd announced suspension of classes tomorrow from elementary to high school. I guessed PAGASA learned their lesson today.  Oh well,  it is better to suspend classes  early even if  it  shines  tomorrow  than  go again with the same scenario today.  Whatever.

Anyways, I got this photo op of high school students in front of our house this morning. These boys thought they were lucky to find their way walking in the gutter, supported with their hands holding into the gate. Just about few meters away from the highlands, (literally high land and no flood) everybody stopped with the disturbing sign, “Beware of Dogs.” They stayed in that position for a couple of minutes and thought about how to pass by the next gate safely. Nobody tried. They all chose to walk in ankle deep flood after ten minutes.


Updated: 12:11am  7/27/2011   No classes in NCR universities, colleges Wednesday