While I still have power that has been flickering all day, I want to bookmark in this blog that a storm of large proportions is near. News media is comparing the conditions of remnant Pacific Typhoon Songda as it approaches where I live to the largest storm ever recorded along the Northwest Coast in 1962.
I was not alive in 1962, but during my five years living in Oregon, I heard many tales of the storm’s impact there, including most trees in downtown Portland uprooted. This morning, as tornadoes have touched down in the precise location I dream of starting a new life someday, I am grateful no one reportedly is injured so far.
Check out the video here of the approaching tornado on the North Oregon Coast.
I freelance remotely with colleagues in different locations. One of them after seeing this article in the Washington Post and noting my location is directly in the purple eye of the European weather model graphic, asked why no evacuations take place like they do on the East Coast.
Are remnant typhoons and cyclones really that different from hurricanes in anything other than name and directionality? I’m not sure. I do know my location has weathered many severe windstorms and even a freak tornado in past winters, some knocking out power for days. We seem to call them simply “windstorms” in this region and patiently wait them out.
Hoping for minimal damage to people region-wide, I am okay with missing a few days work, knitting up my own storm, and keeping my fish tank alive by circulating warm water boiled on my gas stove.
When you are 24 hours from after-effects of a storm that already has its own Wikipedia page, it can feel a bit unnerving. Fortunately, it did not make landfall on Japan. Storms can belie the best meteorologic models.
We all hope the hype shows us nothing we haven’t already handled in the past.
Post Script: Despite 60 mph gusts, heavy rain, media hype and household preparations, this storm produced much less damage and no power outage in my specific location than many prior storms. Power company’s work to minimize outages on island this year must have paid off, and storm weakened once it made landfall. So much for a day off work.