Another killer storm unleashes fury on the Philippines!

Five people were killed as Typhoon Nuri slammed into the northern Philippines Wednesday, triggering heavy rain and warnings of possible storm surges, officials said.

Packing maximum sustained winds of 140 kilometres (86 miles) an hour at the centre and gusts of up to 170 kilometres per hour, at 4:00 pm (0800 GMT) Nuri was 90 kilometres northwest of the northern province of Cagayan, moving northwest at 15 kilometres per hour.

The storms here appear to be milder than what we get in the US.  Some of the homes that I’ve seen look like the big bad wolf could blow them away.  But they withstood the category 2 Typhoon Frank (International code name Fengshen) that blew through about two months ago.  So they are built to with stand more wind than one would think.  When you think about it, that makes sense.  People here have been dealing with storms for a long time, so they have had plenty of chances to learn what works best.

There are a lot of homes that use concrete blocks for walls.  I would think they would be pretty solid against even a category three storm.  I live in one for now.

There is no place to evacuate to for most of us.  In the US we generally run inland but in the Philippines, there is no real Inland.  One could go to Luzon which is the biggest Island but if you take a direct hit there, it wont matter.  It’s not big enough

People here are use to waiting out the storm.  If there is any truth to the theories that global warming is leading to increase storms and increased intensity of those storms, the casualties here could be tremendous.  Typhoon Fenghsen should be a wake up call.  Hopefully the government has plans in place for a massive storm.  A category three here would likely be catastrophic.  A category five is unthinkable.

When I recall the devastation Katrina racked up on the Mississippi Gulf coast, where modern hotels and apartment buildings were completely whipped off the face of the earth, chills run up and down my back.  Most people on the US Coast left but in the Philippines, there is no place to run to!

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