There's this epic super typhoon heading right for the region in which my parents live this friday. My parents and sister are presently there and don't want to leave.Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
My family's house back in the old country has survived some biblically bad weather in the past.
In the early 90's there was a huge flash flood (a not so big typhoon coupled with corrupt officials engaged in illegal logging that totally denuded whole mountainsides) that caused 8ft high mud slides that wiped out about 10,000 people in less than 2hours. The only reason the old house was still standing is that its a 3 floor wooden structure (from old haciendera days were you'd keep the grain/supplies you harvested on the first floor).
The horrific part was that my parents and I had to watch the flash flood live on CNN and see our house in the back ground. what we didn't know was that my brother and sister were sitting inside of the house, along with 50 people/family/neighbors who took shelter inside of it. It being the early 90's there was no internet/skype/direct cellphones to contact anyone. It was weird being stuck in the middle of winter in Rhode Island while it snowed outside watching the calamity happen across the globe in looping 3min segments on CNN on the hour.
My brother and sister were fine, along with all our other cousins. But it was a total catastrophe for the 10s of thousands of others were drowned/overwhelmed by the flood/mudslide. Bodies were swept out to sea by the flood and there reports of tiger sharks eating the bodies.