Thursday, September 2, 2010

Typhoon Kompasu

Today I lived through my first typhoon!!


forecasted as: "A typhoon is expected to directly hit South Korea, with heavy rains and strong winds forecast for Wednesday night and Thursday, as it moves northward toward Jeju Island on Wednesday."

Well, this morning I woke up to nothing but the sound of strong wind outside my window. It was about 5 am, and the noise was deafening! The halls in my building are lined with windows and they were all open and whistling. Doors slamming, building swaying. 

I was obviously WAY too excited to go back to sleep so I stayed up and watched the storm for a while... fences blow down, hard rain, and insane wind!

At one point, the doors in the hallway that lead out to a public balcony slammed so hard the glass smashed (see picture). Note that I am on the 11th floor. I can't imagine what it looked like on ground level with stuff blowing around and trees falling over!

I tried to take a video showing how strong the gusts were, but it didn't do the storm justice. After about an hour I got tired and dozed for the rest of the morning. When I woke up again at 7:45 the storm had passed.

An exciting way to start a day!!

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