Wednesday, September 7, 2005

Typhoon update

Posted by kuri, ping, the pinglet, & mini-ping on 9/07/2005
E7 and I spent all day yesterday relaxing in our apartment since we were both off from work because of the typhoon. Unbelievably, the monorail that I usually take to work was STILL functioning. This I completely don't understand. I mean, other transportation networks (buses, trains) were at a standstill. The monorail is in the AIR. What are these people thinking???

Anyway, the eye of the typhoon came through here in the afternoon, which was actually the most peaceful time of the entire day/night. :) It was a really slow moving typhoon so the eye stayed here for about 2 hours. Nice, except it felt like the air had been sucked out of the city. :) Lots of damage down south but for some reason, Kitakyushu always seems to escape major damage. We didn't even lose power, although we were prepared with our bathtub filled with water, our house filled with instant foods, our candles and flashlights.

Winds were about 130 miles per hour, which is good compared to the 160 miles per hour the typhoon originally was supposed to be. I just talked to a friend at city hall this morning and she said that about 4,000 people had taken up refuge in nearby community centers because of flooding and damage to houses. I think that is the largest number of people to have done that in recent years.

There seems to be another typhoon making its way near Okinawa...hopefully it will continue on its straight path towards China and leave Kyushu alone for the time being!

3 of you feeling verklempt. Tawlk amongst yourselves:

Mom said...

Well thank heavens Kitkyushu was left relatively unscathed....what does it mean when you say all the air feels like it's sucked out?

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