Friday, December 01, 2006

going south

SW thanks those of you who offered wishes of safety from Typhoon Durian. The rest of you can ROT IN HELL FOR ETERNITY. You know who you are.

For those who DO care , the bugger veered south and missed Los Banos, thankfully (thankfully for people in Los Banos, anyway -- people south of here may feel differently). It was still forecast to whack into us until relatively late last night but in the end we just got a bit of rain and some gusty winds. We have lost electrickery for now, but I can't imagine it'll be off for long.

In the end (for me), Durian was little more than an excuse for a very pleasant dinner with D, C, and Belgian J&I (who crashed in our spare room because their house is about a metre away from the edge of a ravine and after the last typhoon that hit here, they didn't want to move house the fast way. (Please read that last bit -- "move house the fast way" -- in a Rodney Dangerfield voice.)

A few places were fucked up, of course. I haven't see many reports yet, but one on CNN said:

A powerful typhoon tore through the eastern Philippines on Thursday with winds of up to 225 kilometers (139 miles) per hour, blowing away small houses, uprooting trees and cutting off power to thousands of homes, officials said.

Typhoon Durian lashed the eastern island province of Catanduanes early Thursday but later veered to the south with its eye likely to spare the bustling capital, metropolitan Manila. Forecasters, however, warned relieved Manila residents to still brace for potentially destructive winds.



Anonymous Anonymous said...

Crikey, this one was a shocker. 400 dead (counted so far), thousands displaced, massive mudslides.

At least the media here are taking some notice this time around, but not as much as the tragedy warrants.

anyway, glad to hear the Wombat and D and friends are alive, I guess I didn't want that room after all.

4:47 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just saw a news report on the ABC about the 400 dead.

Glad all is well with SW and D.

Melbourne D

6:10 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

just sitting here in our wee melbourne home secure from high winds and thrashing rain we were wondering how SW and D were faring. Glad to hear you are all well...canny imagine the fear from over here.
love focket pish and preinds

7:13 pm  
Blogger secret wombat said...

Thanks PEEPS.

Digs - don't worry, you'll have plenty more chances at that room.

Focket Pish: Fortunately no terror here in LB. But bigtime, I expect, where it first hit land.

8:39 pm  

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