Typhoon Soudelor, the biggest tropical storm of 2015 so far smashed into Taiwan on Friday. Though at sea, it was classified as a category five storm, by the time it made landfall in Taiwan it was “downgraded” to category three. In the 12+ years I have been in Taiwan, this has been the hardest hit I can remember: I am very happy not to have experienced an actual category five storm.
Personally, we were fine, though we did go without power most of the day yesterday. Today, power was back up most of the day, but when it went back down for a time, we decided it was a good time to head to Bitan (five minutes away) to see how the river fared.
Not surprisingly, there was a lot of damage and a lot of debris. There always is after a big storm and this was certainly a big storm. Of greater interest to me in some ways, is how much has already been done in cleaning up and getting things back to normal. This post will show both the mess and how much has been done in much less than 24 hours. I do know that by next weekend, things will look as though nothing happened.
As an aside, although I know Bitan will be tidied up in very short order, some of the more isolated communities will not be so lucky. All day long, helicopters were flying, bringing supplies to areas that were completely cut off because of the storm.