When I was a kid we had snow days. Here in Taiwan they have Typhoon days.
Well it’s typhoon season again. Typhoons come and go here with little impact on the urban areas. The season goes from July to August, the rest of the year it’s just normal storms.
We are slated to see the first of the season on Friday. While the Typhoons I’ve been in haven’t been all that pleasant, they have been relatively benign. This on the other hand threatens to be a more spectacular storm.
Typhoon Morakot, in 2009, hit Taiwan hard and resulted in around 600 fatalities. The next year an equally intense storm (Megi) resulted in at least 25 deaths. Soulik is predicted to bring similar rains and winds, but if we are all smart and safe, less fatalities.
The Taiwanese government has been much more proactive in canceling school and work when there is a typhoon risk, but it is also important to know what you can do to ensure your safety.
Here are a few tips that may help you in a dangerous storm:
In high winds be wary of falling glass and roof tiles
Avoid the coast if possible, water rises quickly and the seas become violent
Avoid places that are landslide prone.
In all honesty Taiwan is very safe as far as storm preparedness, however it is good to know what to expect; hope for the best and plan for the worst.
I hope I didn’t worry anyone, just be safe out there. If you are interested in more information about storm preparation check these sites out, http://www.city.osaka.lg.jp/contents/wdu020/enjoy/en/emergency/06.html, http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/prepare/ready.php.
Really my best advice is to make some hot coffee and watch your favorite TV show from the comfort of your house; relax and let it all blow over.