We were enjoying our moon cakes last Thursday, thinking that Autumn is quietly slipping away.
The moon was especially yellow ( see my post Song to the Moon). On the same day, people reported seeing an unusal red sunset and also a red moon.
Silently, a typhoon developed over the waters of the Philippines and headed West / North -West. It made some major damages on the way, firstly to the Philippines and then to Taiwan even though the center of the typhoon never touched the southern tip of Taiwan.
The observatory warned that a Super Typhoon was heading towards Hong Kong; the strongest to visit HK in the last four to five decades. The whole city was put on alert. Unlike other places, evacuation is not an option as this City is so tiny.
Observatories in the world were making their own prediction as to the trajectory of typhoon USAGI. The landfall of the typhoon makes a lot of difference to its impact to Hong Kong (HK) . If it lands east of HK, we would be protected by the high hills at our north against the winds swirling in an anticlockwise direction. Whereas, if hits HK direct or passing West of HK, we would be exposed to the winds from the seaside and there is nothing that would protect us from that direction.
I have studied seven predicted hurricane trajectories – by USA, Japan, Taiwan, South Korea, China, HK, Europe. They all showed different predictions as to where the landfall would be ; varying from the West to the East of HK. So, I was confused. But as with my experience with all other typhoons, there was nothing I can do to change anything ( apart from securing my plants, clearing my roof drain etc. up on my roof). All I can do was to wait and hope for the best and wrote my post “Waiting for the Hurricane”.
I can’t believe it. About three hundred readers read the post and about 50 comments were received – all wishing me safe and well, some prayed for me, advising what to do, informing me of their past experience and one even reblogged my post.
I am moved as there is so much warmth flowing in from all over the world. I now understand that the blogosphere could be a source of spiritual support, in a time of aimlessly waiting and not knowing what tomorrow would bring.
Blogging kept me calm. While waiting, I wrote a post on Weekly Photo Challenge: From Lines to Patterns which I will publish soon.
The typhoon USAGI was moving at around 22km per hour. It landed last night (11:00pm) East of HK (that was the best scenario) and quickly headed inwards. Its center (the eye of the typhoon) is now over Guangzhou, China.
I woke up 6:00am this morning, noticing that the wind has mostly calmed down and the rain was not torrential. I took this picture from my living room – the clouds are still dark and intimidating.
Typhoon signal number eight is still hoisted (highest is number 10), but all signs show this City is awakening to a good new day.
In my heart, I am full of gratitude; thanking the Creator who has been so kind to us; that the worst has not eventuated; thanking all those who read my posts and those who kindly gave me the support and courage when everything seemed so helpless!