|Typhoon Muifa – August 2011|
We have so many earthquakes here, that is isn’t a big deal. The typhoons aren’t bad either. We hole up in the house for a day or three and spend a lot of family time together. Everything at once kinda makes you wonder….for 3 seconds anyways, then you go back to browsing Facebook.
Ok, so it wasn’t never ending (I keep singing The Neverending Story song in my head) cause it just ended. We are in recovery now. We still can’t go anywhere, but they are out assessing the damage.
These are not my pictures obviously. I haven’t left the house and I don’t live on base. I mostly got them off Facebook. Apparently, parts of Kadena are flooded. A lot of people on and off base are still without power. Many people have said they’ve had leaks in their house and we aren’t talking water dripping. It could have been a lot worse though!
It’s almost noon on Saturday and this typhoon just wants to hang out here.
Wednesday night, we knew it would hit us Thursday. Hubby thought he would have to go in, but not till 10. We got up Thursday morning and he didn’t have to go in after all. We were still at TCCOR1, so we could leave the house and do whatever. A lot of places on base didn’t close until TCCOR1-Caution. We hit TCCOR1-C at 1:00 Thursday afternoon.
We finally hit TCCOR1-Emergency at 9 Thursday night. That means base is locked down. No one is coming in or going out. We are all supposed to stay inside and keep safe and dry. It was the hot topic on Facebook, so I stayed up till about midnight just reading what everyone else was saying and checking on the progress from the satellite images.
Friday morning, nothing much had changed. It was really windy and raining. The rain wasn’t too bad, but mixed with the wind, it got kinda vicious. The site I usually use wasn’t showing the storm moving at all, so this is a different source, but this shot is about 11 Friday morning. We are the neon green island, directly above the eye.
Then the power went out. I had enough time Friday morning to mess around online, take a shower, and then it was gone. What did we do before the internet? I started and finished reading The Help (which was wonderful!). Hubby started a movie on his laptop, but it died before the movie ended (hahahaha!!!). We have no adult board games, puzzles, or anything (it’s all in storage in the states). I played with Little Missy, we colored and did all sorts of stuff. Around 6, I was to the point where you are so bored you just sleep. I did just that, while hubby and Little Missy went to sit in his van to watch a movie (it didn’t work). He came in at 8 to tell me the power was back on. I hopped right back online and he and Little Missy watched Rango.
The Air Force said we had wind gusts up to 84 mph, but I read another news report that said 135 mph. The Okinawa Electric Power said 62,400 households were without power as of Friday afternoon. They did a heck of a job getting it back on!
It’s Saturday morning. It’s not as bad this morning. The wind is still blowing, but not as bad. I don’t know if it’s just the storms or the buildings, but the wind just howls and screams and groans at times. The rain is coming by the bucket fulls. It is pouring outside. One of these shots looks way worse, but they are both from this morning.
We’ve got it a lot better here than some people. A lot of people in the towers on base have water coming in their windows and leaky ceilings. Some have standing water on the floor. I keep checking everywhere, but we haven’t had any leaks and all seems to be intact and ok. I would just really like this storm to move already! This is the third typhoon I’ve been through since we got here and this is by far the longest.
1. We went to Okuma for the weekend. We had a good time just hanging out and relaxing. We were limited on what we could do with a 2 year old, but we played on the beach, took a glass bottom boat ride, hubby played some golf, and we hiked up to Hiji Falls. I was misinformed on the distance to get to the falls, so we got out there in flip flops. It was all paths and lots of stairs and no real hiking was involved, but still. My calves are killing me today! And yes, if I would have known the distance, I would have put shorts on. I just have this weird aversion to shorts. I hate the way they look on me, so I rarely wear them.
2. A couple weeks ago I had a flat, so we bought 2 new tires for my van. Now, if I’m lucky, I get to replace the alternator belt. If I’m not lucky, the whole alternator. The JCI is due on the van this month, (JCI is a mandatory liability insurance that includes an inspection. If nothing is wrong, it’ll run about $600. It obviously increases as things need to be fixed) so we are going to see what it costs and if it’s worth fixing or if we should just junk it and buy something else. Fun times.
3. We’ve got another typhoon headed our way. Typhoon Muifa. Yesterday when I checked, it was a super typhoon and today it’s just a typhoon. I guess I should be glad about that. It still looks like it’ll be a direct hit though!
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