Last Saturday the weather turned against us once more. It seems it is either raining or too windy whenever we have a day free to go sailing. Tomorrow looked really promising with winds of 5 to 10 knots and sunny skies. K made the call this evening to the yacht harbor to let them know we were coming.
Alas, the weather tomorrow will be excellent as I expected, but due to the typhoon rains of the last two days (which many of you have seen on news casts around the world) Lake Hinuma is filled nearly to the top of the levee and the yacht harbor launching ramp. Our pier, which leads from the launching ramp to the floating dock, is underwater. They won't be launching any boats until the lake's waters recede.
While our neighborhood was spared the heavy rains and flooding of Typhoons Etau and Kilo, just 40 miles to our West the city of Joso was inundated when the levee of the Kinugawa River was breached. Scenes of people by rescued by helicopter from rooftops filled the news.
We are thankful that we have so many helicopters to deal with such situations around Japan and that the cities and prefectures stage practice emergency drills which keep everyone involved ready to help. (K often participates in such drills in Ibaraki as an Japanese/English interpreter.)
I have a new respect for typhoons. Just days ago I was downplaying their potential for damage as they are often a low energy event - like a tropical depression or storm. But while they don't always pack the winds of a cyclone or hurricane, they can still bring huge amounts of water.
Until next, sweet sailing.