The typhoon that was Glenda…

During the onslaught of typhoon Glenda (a.k.a. Rammasun in international circles), I remember hearing the howling winds when I woke up before the crack of dawn to go to the bathroom. The power went out shortly after, I estimate it was around 6am. It’s been a while since I heard the wind howl like that and it was spooky. I slept until 9am because I knew there was no power so there wasn’t really anything to do. We texted all our employees that there was no work. They were having their own problems with the typhoon’s effects on their own home. Anyhow, by 10am the weather had calmed down considerably. Then we realized we couldn’t cook at home. We recently switched to induction cookers and we need electricity to power them. So we decided to eat out. Luckily, there were open restaurants we could go to. Anyhow, the power went back on by 4:30pm. It was then that I saw the extent of the damage typhoon Glenda wrought in the city.

Typhoon Glenda damage

I think this is the first time several popular mall areas were considerably damaged. This is a photo of Eastwood City after Glenda (borrowed from http://www.hardwarezone.com.ph). Trees had fallen, branches were scattered everywhere, and parts of certain buildings’ facades were ripped away by the strong winds.

Typhoon Glenda damage

This is a photo of Glorietta 5. I think the entire facade fell off. I hope no one was crushed to death.

Typhoon Glenda damage

This is a photo of SM Aura from The Philippine Star’s site. Like Eastwood City and Glorietta 5, parts of the building’s facade came off because of the strong winds.

Typhoon Glenda damage

Even the Zuellig Building in Makati wasn’t spared. The entire glass wall was shattered by Glenda’s strong winds.

I’m kind of surprised because in the comfort of my bedroom, although I could hear the howling winds, I couldn’t really see what was happening beyond our gates. Typhoons come and go. There is always damage. Can we really blame the people who built these structures? Is it their fault? If an earthquake makes a building collapse, whose fault is it?

Hubby and I went around our house to check if anything had been damaged. He said our gutters had gotten warped because of the winds and needed to be replaced. Should we blame the person who installed it? A typhoon is something we can neither predict nor control. We never know how bad it will be. We can repair these structures and fortify them so they would be able to withstand the next calamity but we can never really be sure, can we?

Anyhow, it’s back to the grind today.


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