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Ranting and Complaints of Life in Taiwan

Typhoon Jangmi Drops by

 
Pedestrians braving the wind
Pedestrians braving the wind

Things get interesting when typhoon comes around. As for this year, the situation has regressed from “interesting” to “alarming.” So what happened? Well, in a short period of one month, Taiwan was hit by 3 typhoons – averaging 1 typhoon each week.

So what’s so special about that, you might ask? Besides the fact that the majority of these typhoons are strong typhoons (Jangmi was even called “Super Typhoon”, showing you how strong the winds are), its not that often you see the peak of typhoon season take place in September.

Back to the topic of Jangmi: the winds picked up on Saturday night, so the good part is people at least enjoyed Friday and Saturday. Unfortunately, the winds picked up on Sunday and screwed up my schedule, causing me to miss a concert by the Japanese band Angela….(sigh)

Now, a super typhoon is no joke. The wind is so strong that during my quick dash to the local convenience store to replenish my supplies and get new batteries, I saw a total of three broken umbrellas in the streets.

It’s quite hard to understand the strength of the winds without actually being here. Here’s some pictures I took – risking my Canon 40D and lens in the shotgun rain…

Here's one of the broken umbrellas

Here's a broken umbrella discarded on the streets

A motorcycle downed by the strong

A motorcycle downed by the strong

An ad-flag flying in the wind

An ad-flag flying in the wind

 

Water gushing out of a pipe, showing how heavy the rain was

Water gushing out of a pipe, showing how heavy the rain was

A car splashes water all over as it rushes by

A car splashes water all over as it rushes by

So these are just some random scenes I managed to capture with my camera. The good news is that the impact upon downtown Taipei was not as serious as expected. However, the same cannot be said for other parts of the country (even the peripherals of Taipei got slammed pretty severely).

The story’s not over yet – there’s another typhoon around the corner. Let’s hope its not stopping by for a friendly visit.

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October 2, 2008 - Posted by | Good excuse for photos

1 Comment »

  1. I remember I used to love typhoons last time when I was staying in Taipei.

    Not only was the weather cooling, it was great to sleep and you can stay indoors and take a break from school and work.

    All you needed was a lot of instant noodles, working cable TV, and a leak-proof house. 🙂

    Comment by Jonathan Wong | October 2, 2008 | Reply


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