This time, Filipinos were more aware. Typhoon signals were up, storm surge warnings were given, and residents were given time to evacuate.
But, like any natural calamity, no preparation can withstand the brutal force of a strong typhoon. Packing winds of up to 170 kilometers per hour (kph), Glenda first made landfall in Sorsogon and continued to move northwest through the rest of the Bicol region, then southern Luzon, before pummeling the central Luzon provinces of Bataan and Zambales. Although it sideswiped the capital, Manila, it made sure it felt its fierce winds and torrential rain.
The result is a trail of destruction in all the provinces it crossed. Toppled electric lines were snarled with fallen trees. Many vehicles were either smashed by solid objects or thrown off course by the wind. Several commercial establishments in the capital, even though closed for business, were not spared as their glass panels were smashed. The typhoon virtually shut down Metro Manila.
The biggest consolation is the minimal casualties with no more than 30 killed as of Wednesday night. Yet, close to 150,000 families now find themselves in temporary evacuation areas, while millions are still in the dark as power was lost in 80% of the Meralco franchise area.
ABS-CBNnews.com photojournalists and wire agency photographers were witnesses to the wrath of typhoon Glenda.
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