Life 101 - In The Eye Of The Storm

Typhoon Glenda landfall Philippines Legazpi Albay Bicol & Manila Rammasun 2014!!! c/o LIVES

The Aftermath of the Storm (Still Dawn)

Photo Source: Ireno Alcala aka travel_man1971
Photo Source: Ireno Alcala aka travel_man1971
Photo Source: Ireno Alcala
Photo Source: Ireno Alcala

Typical View of Life Before the Storm

Frankly, I would often ignore a weather forecast as to what intensity or where will it hit in our country.

Most Filipinos are used to the extreme weather disturbances the Philippines is experiencing the whole year round.

It will just an ordinary thing to hear on the radio, read on newspapers or watch on television news such kind of natural disaster, aside from fire or earthquake.

Such malady will always be the talk-of-the-town as the days go by until that particular topic will disappear into oblivion because another human-interest story will be the highlight of morning talks and the like.

Frankly speaking, I never experience a Yolanda-like magnitude of storm happening in our place here in Camarines Sur.

Until Typhoon Glenda came.

The Bicol Region was literally ravaged, destroyed, trampled and left as another hopeless case (for months) by the Signal 4 tropical storm.

Basically, I would have ignored it again and prepare just nonchalantly.

This time it's different.

I've been involved with the disaster preparedness program in our place, so, the action to mobilize, motivate and encourage local residents to take heed with our evacuation plan once the storm intensified and hit our place.

What the Storm Destroyed

Photo Source: Ireno Alcala
Photo Source: Ireno Alcala
Photo Source: Ireno Alcala
Photo Source: Ireno Alcala

The Night Storm Glenda Visited

We already knew Typhoon Glenda will be hitting our place, around six o-clock in the evening, July 15, 2014.

We've already secured and closed the windows as it started raining and the wind howling.

Dinner was eaten in a haste, since the electricity has been shut off from the the distributor's line in the city.

The easterly wind started to intensify around eight o-clock, and one of our windows gave way to its force, as glasses were shattered one by one.

Then, as if on a cue, mango trees were uprooted by the strong wind brought about by the typhoon.

Hissing sound of angry wind, flying roof and uprooted trees and all,such a heavy upheaval as the 'eye of the storm' pummeled its fury in this part of countryside.

And we thought, such easterly wind will be the strongest for the night. Not at all, because after twenty minutes or so, a new wind direction, the southerly winds doubled its force and added destruction to complete the night, living us praying for cease in due time.


What Courage may bring after the Storm

Photo Source: Ireno Alcala
Photo Source: Ireno Alcala

Reflections

As if by an initial judgment, storms come and go out our lives in order to stir, jolt or awaken our being forgetful when it comes to thanking God for the blessings we received each day.

Storms will test our tenacity, if we can endure the perils and challenges that life may bring.

The surge of the wind is like the problems coming in our way. If we can stand it and find solution to take refuge, then, we can endure its strength.

Destruction from here, there and everywhere...as the eye of the storm passes, the realities of life being tested are slowly unveiled.

There will be a momentary hopelessness but it takes courage to stand up again and pick up the remnants that we can use in order to rebuild our lives again.

If you will believe what I have said, PEACE can be found in the EYE OF THE STORM.

Water Swelled at the River after the Storm.

Photo Source: Ireno Alcala
Photo Source: Ireno Alcala

Bible Verses regarding Storm

Matthew 8:23-27

And when he got into the boat, his disciples followed him. And behold, there arose a great storm on the sea, so that the boat was being swamped by the waves; but he was asleep. And they went and woke him, saying, “Save us, Lord; we are perishing.” And he said to them, “Why are you afraid, O you of little faith?” Then he rose and rebuked the winds and the sea, and there was a great calm. And the men marveled, saying, “What sort of man is this, that even winds and sea obey him?”


Psalm 91:1-16

He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will abide in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say to the Lord, “My refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.” For he will deliver you from the snare of the fowler and from the deadly pestilence. He will cover you with his pinions, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness is a shield and buckler. You will not fear the terror of the night, nor the arrow that flies by day,


Psalm 107:29

He made the storm be still, and the waves of the sea were hushed.

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billybuc 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

Blessings and prayers to you my friend. Stay safe and God bless.


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always exploring 2 years ago from Southern Illinois

This was a frightful story. So happy you were safe. Your scripture noted was inspiring. Thank you...


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CyberShelley 2 years ago

Strength and prayers to you all. Appreciate you letting us into your scary world to share your life - my thoughts are with you!


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travel_man1971 2 years ago from Bicol, Philippines Author

@billybuc: Thanks for always taking the first step to browse and leave positive comment on my post. It's been awhile since my last hub. I hope this experience compensates my absence in HP community.


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travel_man1971 2 years ago from Bicol, Philippines Author

@always exploring: Storms are always scary, especially those with huge intensity (wind, rain, etc.) Prayers are always helpful during the ordeal that night. It's an invisible inspiration from God we've cling into in order to conquer our fears.

Thank you, too for gracing my hub.


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travel_man1971 2 years ago from Bicol, Philippines Author

@CyberShelley: Thank you for the prayers. The real world is scary in this side of our world. Yet, it will not tarnish our faith with the Lord Almighty.


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suzettenaples 2 years ago from Taos, NM

Excellent hub and so well written! It is sad to see the amount of destruction from the typhoon in your photos which are great and add so much to this hub. Yes, there is peace in the eye of the storm sometimes. I think God also wants us to learn to work together amicably when these storms hit. We seem to be able to do that at the time of crisis, but then we forget those lessons as life goes on. If we could come together and work together all the time, just not after a destructive storm wouldn't the whole world be peaceful? Voted up+ and shared.


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MsDora 2 years ago from The Caribbean

Thank you for sharing this experience. Glad you still found a sense of hope. May you feel and follow God's guiding Hand through this and every kind of storm!


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travel_man1971 2 years ago from Bicol, Philippines Author

@suzettenaples: Thank you. As of now, we're still in the period of recovery as we in the local barrio council help in comforting the less-fortunate elderly and the rest of the residents cope up with the crisis. God-willing, we'll make it through as soon as possible.


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travel_man1971 2 years ago from Bicol, Philippines Author

@MsDora: Thanks, Ms. D! Each day here in our place, we hold steadfastly to God's Unseen Hands, and that is HOPE. We are already moving on and pray for His guidance each day.


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Highvoltagewriter 2 years ago from Savannah GA.

Thank you for your insights in surviving that storm well written!


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travel_man1971 23 months ago from Bicol, Philippines Author

@Highvoltagewriter: Thank you for appreciating my hub. Until now, most of us are still slowly recovering from the latest storm which created havoc in our place.

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