I first heard about Glenda (international name: Rammasun) late last week. I think it wasn’t called a super typhoon that time yet because it was too early to tell if it’s gonna be one. It was two days ago when I read online that it’s as strong as the menace that was Milenyo (international name: Xangsane) in 2006.
I really do not get why some morons uploaded hate posts about why it was sunny yesterday, asaan na daw ba si Glenda… Tanga-tanga daw ng PAGASA, blah blah blah. Ahhhhmmm… sure. I would love for PAGASA to have superior accuracy when it comes to predicting weather, but hello?! Since time immemorial, weather forecasting has been inexact science, not just in the Philippines, but in the entire world! In all fairness to PAGASA, they did say that Glenda will hit Metro Manila in the afternoon/evening of July 15 and will probably be at its strongest in Metro Manila around 2AM today. So again, I do not get why some morons seemed disappointed that it was all sunny and bright yesterday morning. Have they forgotten that there are people who do not have shelter to protect them from the storm devastating everything in its path? Palibhasa, puro mga rich hipsters itong mga adik na ito. Again, MORONS.
The howling wind and the sound of heavy rain woke me up early in the morning. I thought, well the morons finally got what they’re waiting for. I’m sure Glenda met or even exceeded their expectations. Tssssss!!! Storm signal in Metro Manila and nearby provinces was raised to #3. It packed maximum sustained winds of 150 km/h, thus making it a severe typhoon. Severe pa lang ‘yan sa lagay na ‘yan ha. Hindi pa super! Super typhoons have winds of 180km/h. Roofs were ripped off, walls collapsed, cities were flooded, trees were uprooted (even the big ancient ones). The photo above is one of the most reposted photo in social networking sites. (check #GlendaPH) That’s a tree in Magallanes Village, Makati. And whoever owns the car, I feel kinda sorry for you, but engot ka, sabi nang no parking o.
Anyway, I had to go out to buy something (which was really bad because I felt tatangayin ako ng hangin, kasi ang nipis ko. Charot!) and I heard two teenagers talking about how we should always have typhoons so classes will get suspended. Eh? What the hell are wrong with these people? Mas nakakainit pa sila ng ulo kaysa sa bagyo!
Another thing na nakakainit ng ulo– power outage!!! Most of Luzon suffered from this because of Meralco’s facilities being affected by the typhoon. Bumabagyo na, madilim pa sa loob ng bahay… nakakatakot ha! I had a candlelit breakfast by default, thanks to Glenda. The brownout was bad, but I’m still grateful that I had food on my table and a roof on my head when Glenda was unleashing her wrath in Manila.
Sadly, the typhoon season has just started. For sure, Glenda is just one of the big weather disturbances that we have to brave and endure this time of year. According to a chart from PAGASA, the months with the most tropical cyclones are July and August. The data in the chart I saw was from 1948 to 2009. With the changes we’ve been experiencing with our country’s climate, it’s highly possible that lethal tropical cyclones will still be a threat until the last quarter. Sendong was in December 2011 and Yolanda in November 2013.
Let’s make sure that we follow precautionary measures before, during, and after the typhoon, especially having an emergency bag with clothes, batteries, flashlight, water, canned goods and other necessities, in case of having to evacuate. Also, know the numbers to contact when we’re in dire need of help.
Apart from precautionary measures, may everyone also have common sense measures, such as huwag lalabas kung hindi naman kailang na habang bumabagyo. Unless gusto niyong magpakamatay, pero bad ‘yon. Please also remember that typhoons have an eye, which is an area of calm. So during a typhoon, beware of a sudden calm and bright weather. The eye of the storm might be passing by your area. Do not attempt to go out of your home. Within a couple of hours, the eye of the storm will go past your area and you will again experience strong winds/heavy rain like what passed your area before the calm.
I hope that everyone out there is safe. Thanks to those who asked if I’m okay and if my parents are okay, too. My parents (and our pet puppies, twinkle and Beige) also experienced Glenda’s fury in Bataan, but thank God they’re safe.
// listening to R + L = J: Who are Jon Snow’s Parents?