The Hurricane is Almost Over!

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.CIMG3478

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!

Waiting for a Hurricane

If we can live to a ripe old age, it won’t surprise me if, in our life, we have waited or wasted many years in waiting for something to happen. These are things that we know would happen – like waiting for a bus, a train or an airplane at an airport, waiting at a restaurant to be served, waiting at a queue, waiting for your spouse etc..

Today, I am waiting at my home for the typhoon (hurricane) UASGI to come. USAGI is known as the fiercest typhoon of 2013.

USAGI strengthened to become a Super Typhoon before approaching the southern tip of Taiwan. It caused a lot of damages when roaming offshore near to Taiwan, including flooding. Right now, it has been downgraded to become a Severe Typhoon. Still, it is mooted as the strongest typhoon to come near to Hong Kong since 1979. Nobody dare to ignore the fact that it is a well developed typhoon with a “Double Eye”.

Most people like me just stayed at home – waiting for something to happen. The question is not whether the typhoon would come, but only how close it will come to Hong Kong and how much damage it will cause. The typhoon is coming in at a “wrong” time when the tides will be high; flooding is predicted. 

Here is a picture taken at the Plover Cove reservoir when a storm was approaching. CIMG1914A 

I dare not going outside – otherwise, I would like to take some pictures at the same spot to see how it is like.

I know the worst will be over in a day when the typhoon finally landed, but right now, all I can do is to wait . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .