I grew up in tornado alley, so many tornadoes have come and gone over me, beside me, yet thankfully, not through me, in my life. However, a typhoon, something you don’t see when surrounded by plains land, was not something I had ever experienced until 2009. I was visiting Hong Kong at the time and ignorant of the danger, while walking along one of the streets located in Hong Kong’s Central business district. Needless to say the winds were high, high enough to blow a large heavy sign off a business. We were almost hit. It was time to dash indoors of the large skyscraper hotel where we were staying.
The following morning brought calm and all was well. Evidence of the volatile weather the day before was published in the China Morning Post in an amazing photo taken by Hong Kong resident Michael Siward.
I saved that paper to remind myself that I had survived the September 13, 2009 typhoon.