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Super Typhoon Usagi: Heavy Rain Above Taipei

Super Typhoon Usagi: Heavy Rain Above Taipei


Super Typhoon Usagi: Heavy Rain Above Taipei

Posted: 21 Sep 2013 12:11 AM PDT

Super Typhoon Usagi: Heavy Rain Above Taipei

 

By NEAL MOORE

 

WULAI, Taiwan - Republic of China (CNN iReport)

This section of the Wulai River above Taiwan's capital city is generally tranquil and calm - just a trickle on most days - a popular spot for young families to bring their children to swim. But today was a different story - the river is way up as heavy rain from Super Typhoon Usagi continues its onslaught on Taiwan. Taiwan's Central Weather Bureau has warned residents in the east, central and southern regions of the island against falling rocks, landslides, flash floods, and flooding.  Although this video footage documents the outer bands of Usagi in the north, it demonstrates the immense reach of the storm, as CNN has reported, the strongest on the planet to date for the entire year. Super Typhoon Usagi is currently barreling its way below the south coast of Taiwan towards Hong Kong.

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Vessel steering in waves asTyphoon Odette (Usagi) is still in PAR

Posted: 20 Sep 2013 09:18 PM PDT

UPDATE- September 21, 2013 (Philippine Time)-Typhoon Odette (Usagi) now an extremely dangerous Super Typhoon as it continues to intensify during the past 12 hours...endangers Extreme Northern Luzon and Southern Taiwan particularly the Batanes Islands in Philippines.

This typhoon will continue to enhance the Southwest Monsoon (Hanging Habagat) - bringing mostly cloudy and windy conditions with occasional slight to moderate to sometimes heavy rains or thunderstorms across the country.

The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council said that supertyphoon Odette caused floods and landslides not only in Luzon, but in the Western Visayas as well.

In Bohol, Philippines, no heavy rains but moderate to strong winds can be felt by the residents.

The tide is ebbing and opposing large surf as residents nearby the coastal area can see the storm tides.

Seen in the video is a small fishing boat being hurled about by gale force winds owned by a fisherman Boy Dija, 64, from Tagbilaran City, who decided to go fishing despite strong waves.

He told the IReporter that the waves today are manageable since he dealt with waves for how many years as a fisherman. He said that he was stranded for two days due to Typhoon Odette (Usagi).

After cancellation of trips yesterday, fastcraft operation resumed this morning. In the video, big waves battered the vessel but it safely managed to navigate wakes and waves.

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The brave hat of fighting cancer

Posted: 20 Sep 2013 07:31 PM PDT


I am blessed with two wonderful kids.
My son is four years old. He loves cars and the movie "Toy Story". He is compassionate and always wants to help people who are crying. He does say the best way to help someone who is crying is to smile.
He loves letters and numbers and has a incredible memory. Just a good hearted kid.
He is in also in the stage where either he asks why for everything or he is just honestly blunt about anything. I mean…he is four.
So a couple of weeks ago I picked him up from school and asked how his day was. I enjoy the days when I am able to do that. He runs to me and then tells me proudly how he ate all of his lunch or how he did not get upset at school. He tells me about his new best friend. It changes everyday. I am glad he is so popular!
We got in my car and started to go home. He was babbling about the radio station selection and what he wanted for his snack. Then all of the sudden he said….
"And my new best friend's mommy wore a silly hat today."
His friend's mommy is fighting breast cancer and wears a headscarf. She takes care of a family and goes through chemotherapy. She is always running around school and is in really good spirits. I have actually never seen her in a bad mood. She never stops!
I have talked to her a few times before. Incredibly nice and so down to Earth. One of the hardest lessons in life is that even wonderful people get sick.
I stopped my son from going on with the conversation. He is four. How can I explain cancer to a child? It is hard enough to explain it to an adult.
So I told my son that his friend's mom was not wearing a silly hat.
She was wearing a brave hat. A very brave hat!
I told him that people who live life to the fullest and try to be happy when things can be sad wear one. I told him that it was not only mommies who wear them. Daddies wear them and kids wear them as well.
But the people who wear them are brave. Very brave.
That was the end of the conversation and then my son went on to talk about cars. He never mentioned it to me again. Not really sure if he even understood what I was saying, but I was hoping he understand that the people fighting cancer are brave people.
This weekend I came home from work after a long day. My son was running around and my wife looked exhausted as well. She pulled me aside to tell me about something that happened…
She told me that my son was playing with his Mrs. Potato Head and she was wearing a headscarf. He said she had no hair and was very brave. She was so brave that she wore a "brave hat" just like his friend's mom. He said that she was happy and she is smiling and even the other Potato Heads were proud of her. Proud of her because she was brave.
I told her that I mentioned something to him about it a couple of weeks ago when we were coming home from school. I did not think he even understood what I was saying.
My wife thought he learned it in school.
At the end of the day I do not care where he heard it…
I just want him to know that anyone who fights cancer is brave.

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Running of the Wieners - Oktoberfest Zinzinnati

Posted: 20 Sep 2013 04:33 PM PDT

Cool! Here are some pics from the annual Running of the Wieners held at the beginning of Oktoberfest Zinzinnati, today September 20, 2013 at 12 noon. I did not have the best view, and with my son on my neck, it was hard to capture nice pics, so before the final race, my son and I headed to the top of the Carew Tower observation deck to get some final shots!

 

This was the seventh-annual Hillshire Farm Running of the Wieners. Congratulations to Mitzi and her owner April Hagler of Westwood, Ohio
They won a case of Samuel Adams! Lucky for the owner! :) Sorry Mitzi! :) Hundreds of people watched as Mitzi was crowned the Wiener winner 2013!

 

A portion of the proceeds from the race activities, will be donated to a dachshund rescue charity.

Oktoberfest Zinzinnati is an annual weekend festival held in Cincinnati, Ohio during late September. Based on the original German Oktoberfest, It's the largest Oktoberfest celebration,
in the United States and it attracts at estimated 500,000 visitors every year!

 

https://www.facebook.com/oktoberfestzinzinnati

 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oktoberfest_Zinzinnati

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Usagi's outer bands lash Taipei

Posted: 20 Sep 2013 04:14 PM PDT

Usagi's outer bands lash Taipei

By NEAL MOORE

TAIPEI CITY, Taiwan - Republic of China (CNN iReport)

Awoke to sheets of rain against my windows and headed out the door to catch some footage of Super Typhoon Usagi's outer bands. Shot 5:30am, local time, in downtown Taipei City. Streets were by and large empty save for the odd scooter, a police car, and one man on a bicycle who didn't seem to notice the storm. According to Taiwan's Central Weather Bureau (CWB), Taipei, in the north, will fare the best against Usagi, compared to the south, east, and central regions of the island, which are now in harm's way.  Super Typhoon Usagi is currently barreling its way below the south coast towards Hong Kong.  The footage shows the reach of the storm, as CNN has reported, the strongest on the planet for the entire year.

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