Living in Fukuoka, I hardly ever experience a typhoon. It always seems to skip me, which is good. But today's typhoon VongFong? Woah. I'm never underestimating typhoons again.
|As you can see, Fukuoka isn't in the direct path, but is in the affected area.|
Photo from JMA
But, even though the typhoon has reduced its intensity, what I've heard is that it's slow speed makes it very dangerous. Dangers include landslides, and being washed away by waves. Channel News Asia did an article on how terrible it is.
In fact, my cousin in Osaka received an evacuation notice! Osaka is currently in the "Danger" area, and is totally red. When I checked at 3 something in the afternoon, Fukuoka was also on high alert, but somehow, I didn't get any evacuation notice (perhaps something's wrong with my phone).
|Look at all that red! Photo from JMA|
Personal story time~
I was actually foolish enough to go out today. I had to meet a friend to get something. She works in Meinohama, so I thought that the walk to the station, then a one-stop ride would be easy.
Well, one umbrella was culled from the herd. It went out as a normal umbrella, and came back bent and ready to be thrown away.
And this was a good ending. I saw two umbrellas flip inside out. That's why most people eventually gave up and just walked/cycled through the rain without any umbrellas.
|It can't even close|
As far as typhoon stories go, it's not very exciting (I didn't evacuate or anything), but this is one of those times where not-exciting = good. Safe is good, even if the story isn't as interesting.