public storm warning signal #4

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some of the most indelible memories i have growing up in the philippines were around natural disasters especially earthquakes and typhoons plus volcanoes erupting < ring of fire is not just a song > /  as a six-year old, earthquakes constantly evoked the fear of the “tall” apartment building across the street falling on our house \  the seasonal typhoons were predictable and did not elicit that fear of falling steel and cement structures / i lived in the city and typhoons tended to ravage the countryside \  rather, schoolchildren like myself anticipated with secret happiness, signal #2  |  that meant we got to stay home from school /  it would need to be signal #3 for college students to enjoy this reprieve  \  so i am reading about typhoon yolanda  | aka haiyan elsewhere | currently ravaging the central islands of my native country and found that eastern visayas was under signal #4  <signal #4?>  i do not recall a signal #4  |  indeed it was instituted 22 years ago and this was the first time that it was used outside of luzon |  apparently, signal #3 did not accommodate the upper limits of typhoons and suggests that typhoons have increased in intensity over time

http://www.rappler.com/newsbreak/iq/43058-storm-signal-number-ph-history

http://www.pagasa.dost.gov.ph/genmet/psws.html

it is late saturday morning in the philippines and the forecast is that a weakened yolanda is on schedule to make an afternoon exit  /  damages she caused are now being assessed  <earthquakes, typhoons, volcanoes erupting> all part of life in the islands and life goes on

07 november 2013

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08 november 2013

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09 november 2013

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