Typhoon Frank did more damage than people were probably expecting. Here in San Pablo we were quite relieved that the typhoon was headed away from us and into the South China Sea when it suddenly veered in its direction… and headed straight for us. Then the power went out. It all happened when most people were asleep and it was all over when most people were still asleep. But we stayed up all night listening to DZMM (DZRH was curiously not broadcasting until early morning), thankful for the batteries on the radio still functioning, batteries that we installed from way back typhoon Milenyo.
And we heard about the utter devastation the typhoon was doing everywhere else. Iloilo was particularly hard hit. Hey Auggie, how are you and your family doing? I heard that it was particularly bad down there. A large ship bound for Cebu from Manila met the veering typhoon head on, grounding it, capsizing it, and ultimately sinking it near Romblon. For many hours the fate of the passengers were in doubt, until good news of survivors being found slowly started to trickle in. But many more died, not only in this accident, but in many other places.
In spite of us here in San Pablo being hit directly, Laguna seemed to have been spared much of the devastation. We’re lucky this time. Laguna wasn’t even included in a list of provinces that were declared not to have no classes in all levels today. Laguna officials had to declare no classes on its own because even though we were not as devastated as the rest, we still have our own problems to deal with.
Have a safe week, everyone!