September 27th, 2016 | Typhoon Tyranny

Alexander decides to rummage through his toy box.
Home remedy for stopping water leaks. Grab a couple of diapers and start stuffing.
My scooter remains standing thanks to the laws of aerodynamics.

6:00 a.m. Light rain had already started when I woke this morning. Typhoon Megi has enshrouded the whole island. No winds yet, just drizzle. But I would imagine heavy rains and winds in.the north.

6:30 p.m. Gave Alex 230ml of milk. Applied his eye drops as he was drinking. Eyes were still ‘glued’ shut when he woke. What a bothersome condition. Needed to use several warm wet tissues to wipe away the gunk.

8:00 a.m. Chia went to work along with the rest of the Kaohsiung population. But only until lunchtime. All businesses and schools will be closed.this afternoon as everyone bunkers down for an expected wind gusts and deluge of rain from the typhoon.

8:30 a.m. Alexander decides to rummage through his toy box for a good 20 minutes checking everything out, piece by piece. What a curious boy.

10:00 a.m. Caught the last half of the 1st U.S. Presidential debates between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. Interesting. Very fierce.

11:00 a.m. Gave Alex his lunch as he watched late morning cartoons. The wind has started to become very strong outside now, the rain more needlepoint. Students are now leaving the school across the road and people on scooters are driving slowly home, sometimes stopping to put their foot down as the wind becomes too intense against them. Sent a text message to Chia to drive slowly or catch  a taxi. She will leave work at 12:15 p.m.

12:34 p.m. Chia has just arrived home as I look out Alexander’s window to the streets below. The wind is becoming quite fierce now. Alexander is asleep in his cosy bed, oblivious to it all. As he should be. I think Chia is parking her scooter in the building’s basement. Mine’s still outside, close to the building. Should be okay. Fingers crossed.

3:00 p.m. Water started leaking in under the airconditing unit in Alexander’s room. I had a quick brainstorm. I needed to soak up water fast and looked at Alexander plodding around in.his diapers. EUREKA. I packed some old unused diapers under the airconditing and viola! No more leaks … for now.

4:30 p.m. I decided to go to Family Mart to try and get something to eat, if it’s still open which it was thank goodness. When I first went downstairs I expected to see my scooter on the ground with the rest of them. However to my surprise it was still standing. That’s interesting, I thought, why is that? Then I realized … simple aerodynamics. The scooter is facing along the street into the direction of the incoming wind the wind can only go one direction: down the street like a giant wind tunnel. When the wind blows over the scooter it applies pressure downward onto the scooter which in turn applys pressure onto the wheels and the stand, keeping the scooter upright. I should have thought of that last time. How interesting science can be if it is understood and applied.

7:00 p.m. My wife just told me that tomorrow (Wednesday) has also been declared a typhoon day off. That was not something I wanted to hear. That has destroyed this months salary. Thank you very much Megi. Two income hungry typhoons in the same month. Unbelievable.

9:00 p.m. it’s reported that one person has been killed and dozens injured as the typhoon sweeps the Nation. The person who died was driving a truck that collided with a van on provincial Highway number 26 in Pingtung County.

In central Taiwan two women were injured when they were hit by scaffolding blown down from a construction site. And in central changhua County a tour  bus carrying 29 Japanese tourists overturned on National Highway Number 3. 8 people were injured, one with serious life-threatening injuries.

Throughout Taiwan 8116 people have been evacuated from disaster areas in 12 cities with 2758 people being put in Emergency Shelters.

Finally more than two and a half million homes across Taiwan have lost power and some 45,000 households are without running water.

9:30 p.m. even though we live in a 15 story apartment building and are located on the 6th floor. Alexander’s bedroom ceiling sprung a leak and we had to move all the furniture out of the way and put him with us in the main bedroom tonight. I’d really like to know how the water can come down from above when there is an apartment there. Perhaps they are not home and the water is going into their apartment through a damaged window and flooding it. Who knows.


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