As of 7:20 AM today, weather reporters are saying that Typhoon Juaning is on it’s way out of the country and that it is expected to leave the Philippines’ area of responsibility between 8AM and 10AM today. But rejoice, let us not. On it’s heels is Typhoon Kabayan! (Here’s a list of 2011 Philippine Storm Names)
PAGASA officials say that Typhoon Kabayan will not make landfall in the country so there is no cause for worry. But it does help to be be vigilant. After all, the world temperature has gone crazy and we might have a storm run amok with this one.
In the wake of Typhoon Juaning
Unfortunately, Typhoon Juaning not only delayed flights and ferry schedules, but it also claimed the lives of more than a dozen Filipinos. As of 7:51 PM last night, the death toll reached 27, while 28 others are still missing. Perhaps the biggest news of all during Typhoon Juaning’s reign – except for the cancelled classes — is the Dimple Star bus that fell off the Skyway. The driver and two other passengers died, while the rest are in the hospital for grave injuries.
Initial statement from the bus’ conductor reveals that a strong gust of wind knocked over the bus carrying 7 persons. However, CCTV videos show that it was going at 120-130 KPH on such a bad weather and was “alledgedly” racing with one other vehicle until the driver lost control. The bus operator has been suspended for 30 days pending an investigation and expect a can of worms to open for the next month or so.
I am just glad that my immediate family and friends survived the storm safely. I can’t say the same for my CPU, though. Lightnings causes power fluctuations that toasted it’s power supply. “POP!” went my heart when I heard the sound of the exploding fuse.