Be Prepared — Stay Safe in a Storm ~ Kwentology

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I heard from the news about the destruction and calamities by storms. I know we can avoid it. I have something likely to suggest. But let's first check about this bad weather system. Typhoon and hurricanes are huge storms that can cause destruction to large areas. They can last more than a week, can have wind speeds of 160 miles per hour or more, and can be as wide as 500 miles. Storms only form over water. Because of that, provinces along the eastern part of the Philippines includes north of Batanes group of island during southwest monsoon (Habagat) also southern Mindanao when northeast monsoon (Amihan) strikes are often the hardest hit.

Storm winds can toss objects around, carries dismantled tin roof and shatter glass. But the most dangerous part of a typhoon is the storm surge. A storm's powerful winds push ocean water over the shore, causing floods. Storm surges account for most of typhoon's damage. But if your family is prepared for hurricane, you will be safe while you sit out the storm.

Tornadoes, earthquakes, and other natural disaster don't strike often. And you may never have to escape a fire. Still, it's always important to know what to do in case of an emergency.

Before a Storm Strikes

  • Make plans to keep your home and property safe. Windows should be covered by built-in storm panels or boarded up with plywood. Tape won't keep windows from breaking.

  • Listen to the radio or TV for information.

  • Close the storm shutters. Tie down outdoor objects or bring them indoors.

  • Turn off gas and electricity if told to be officials.

  • Don't use phone except for emergencies.

  • Be sure there is a supply of food to eat and water for drinking and flushing toilets.

  • Leave your home if ordered to by local authorities. Follow their instructions.

  • If you live in a building with many stories, go to the lowest level—hurricane winds are stronger at higher levels.

  • If you live on a coast, or in an area near water and can't escape the storm:

    1. Stay indoors during the storm and away from windows and glass doors.

    2. Close all doors inside and outside your home.

    3. Stay in a small inner room, closet, or hallway on the lowest level.

    4. Lie on the floor under a table or another strong object. Use it as a cover.

After the Typhoon

  • Don't return to a home that was damaged by floodwater before local officials declare the area is safe.

  • Use a phone only to report life—threatening emergencies.

  • Stay off the streets. There can be electrical wires on the ground, as well as weakened walls, bridges, roads, and sidewalks.

  • Don't enter a home without an adult. They should make sure there are no loose power lines, gas leaks, or damage to the structure of the building.

  • Enter home carefully and check for damage. Be careful of loose boards and slippery floors.

  • Never eat food touched by floodwater.

Kwento of Storm Origin

The Formation of Storm

By chance, from last week of May to August, storm churn over the Pacific Ocean. Sometimes they become typhoons hit the province of Samar—Leyte and the isle of Batanes. Take a look at how wet weather, wind, and warm ocean waters whip up these powerful storms.

1. Born in Eastern Philippines

When a hot, dry air from the Pacific Ocean meets cooler air from the nearest region, small storms form, we called it Low Pressure Area.

2. Across the Pacific

Some storms remain small. But a few gather warm ocean moisture, speeding up as they travel west. When bands of these thunderstorms form a swirling pattern, the new system is called Tropical Depression.

3. The Storm Strengthens

When spin around the "eye" at the storm's center. It is either a tropical storm or a hurricane, depending on the wind speed.

4. After the Storm

Typhoons weaken over land. Some storms never hit land. Instead, they turn northwest and die out over the Pacific Ocean.

Other winds affect the storm

Sometimes winds near a storm blow in the same direction. The can help storm gain strength. Winds blowing in different directions or at different speeds can tear the storm apart.

A Kwento of the Super Cyclone

The deadliest storm in Philippines history struck, in 1991, was Uring (Thelma). The storm flooded the country, killing 8,000 people — Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA).
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The first pic is not a storm. It's a lenticular cloud :D


Yeah, thanks for your feedback. I replaced it now.