Living up in the cozy north-western hemisphere, it's easy for us to forget that we essentially live in natural disaster safe zone.
Although our winters are brutal, and we have had an extremely long and hot summer, on the whole, and historically speaking we are generally safe from fatal storms such as tropical storms, hurricanes, tornados.
It's currently hurricane season, so when I log into my news apps every day I'm reminded of how much we take our safety for granted
For example, Hurricane Florence just passed over the Southeastern United States and has already taken the lives of 18 people.
Zoom over to the other side of the world, though, to another storm which raged over the weekend. Making Florence look like a little drizzle.
Typhoon Manghkut, a category 5 hurricane, is the biggest storm the world has seen to date this year.
It's the biggest storm to hit Hong Kong in two decades and has prompted the evacuation of millions of people in south-east China.
The Philippines has also been hit particularly hard, sustaining winds of 205km/h and gusts of 255km/h.
Many residents of these areas have turned to Twitter to post video updates of the storm and you will not believe your eyes. The footage is mind-blowing.
Starting a thread of various videos today in HK and Shenzhen as the world’s strongest storm #TyphoonManghkut wiping our cities. (Videos are not mine but collected from messages doing the rounds w WhatsApp and WeChat) pic.twitter.com/FXU5ITrFqN— Jen Zhu (@jenzhuscott) September 16, 2018
An office tower in Hung Hom. As I’m posting my own building is moving. The storm is screaming outside. I’m never this terrified. Hope everyone stay safe. 🙏🌏 #TyphoonManghkut #HK pic.twitter.com/fHkFpoqScD— Jen Zhu (@jenzhuscott) September 16, 2018
The storm is still persisting, and all the areas affected will be dealing with the aftermath for weeks if not months to come.
Care to donate? Check out this helpful New York Times article on "How To Help" those affected by Typhoon Manghkut. Here you will find the trusted organizations such as Unicef and American Red Cross that you can send money through to help residents of affected areas with the aftermath of the storm.