September 14th, 2016 | Super Typhoon Meranti

Alex enjoys a morning cup of fresh grapefruit juice.
Mooncakes for morning tea.
Uprooted by super typhoon Meranti
The domino effect on scooters in a typhoon.
A lovely mess of a main road.
Local park has been thrashed.

It rained glass!
Dead end.

Shower Rain, 27°C


6 a.m. Alex woke up demanding his morning formula feed. Which he quickly received of course. As he was drinking I was looking out the window it was softly raining outside, nothing like a typhoon. Not yet anyway. It was the calm before the storm.

6: 15 a.m. Alex had his morning medicine of antibiotics. The antibiotics come in a pink powder form which you mix with a little bit of water in a medicine cup. It tastes like strawberry flavor.

9:00 a.m. Alex had a nice cold drink of freshly squeezed grapefruit. Outside the wind was beginning to pick up in the rain sharper. As the wind blew those rain drops into small little needles.

10:30 a.m. Gail force winds have commenced. And rain is coming in sideways from the east and north. Streets are very quiet outside. Don’t mess with a typhoon or it will mess with you.

11:00 a.m. Watched a satellite dish torn from its mounting on a rooftop of a neighbouring building across the street. Someone’s not going to he happy. Luckily for Taiwan the typhoon is going to pass under Taiwan’s southern tip and head directly to China. China will get the full power of the storm. So we have been spared somewhat, though we will still get some dangerous winds and generally a lot more rain.

11:45 a.m. Alex, Chia and dad are all asleep. Sleeping out the storm. As would be most people. Me, whether I’m going to have a nice cup of tea along with some mooncakes. The Mooncakes were given to me by my boss Deborah. It is quite common for employers to give their employees gifts for the Moon Festival period, usually mooncakes as they call them. There are a variety of mooncakes. The ones I have been given have a nice soft center with a flaky pastry crust.

Today my mooncake treats are: Red bean paste with boiled egg yolk mooncake, Cranberry filling mooncake, Vanilla and Cheese mooncake and Ming bean mooncake.

12:20 p.m. the Satellite Dish has disappeared and now there is a window awning blowing like a flag in the winds. it won’t last. In fact two minutes after writing this I watched the flapping window awning rip off and spin down to the road below. luckily there’s no one outside. That would have been an instant beheading.

12:40 pm. Although this typhoon has passed on under Taiwan and is continuing to China my wife said she hasn’t seen winds like this for a long time. Well it’s not the eye of the storm that’s the trouble. it’s the arms of the beast swirling outside that do the most damage.

1:00 p.m. The typhoon winds are really packing a punch now. Several trees have come diwn.on the streets bellow. The sounds of crashing roofing materials and window awnings are filling the air, along with distance sounds of emergency vehicles. This is a bad one, there will be no doubt be countless news reports tonight and tomorrow of extensive damage to southern Taiwan. I am worried about my scooter now. It was parked downstairs close to the building, so winds should be buffered around it. But this is an angry psycho storm, my faithful scooter may not escape the its fury.

1:30 p.m. It has been.just announced that Typhoon Meranti is the most powerful typhoon since 1970. Easy to believe too. I’ve been through many typhoons in Taiwan, cyclones in Australia and hurricanes in the United States. But never seen a storm like this before.

4:30 p.m. Typhoon Metanti has now departed. But not without leaving a grand gift of destruction. A reminder to us that we are insignificant against the power of the earth. Never be too proud humanity, you can always be put in the position of being irrelevant.

8:30 p.m. News Flash … another Typhoon called Malakas has formed above the philippines and is heading our way. Landfall on Saturday. Talk about getting kicked when you’re down …

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