Friday, August 17, 2007

Typhoon

It's been a while since classes have been canceled on consecutive days due to stormy weather. With now-super typhoon "Egay" about to arrive in the country, education officials thought it safest to cancel classes for the rest of the week.

The cynical part of me believes that yesterday was merely a knee-jerk reaction to their failure to call off classes last Wednesday, when heavy rains caused flooding everywhere. Yesterday, there was no rain; in fact, it was even sunny at some point.

Today, however, is another story. "Egay" is due to hit this evening or so, and it will probably bring strong rains and wind, so calling off classes is a good idea.

The main effect on my students will be that their exams, which were supposed to happen next week, will now be moved to a later date. Unfortunately for them, that means that the next two weekends, which are long ones due to the holidays, will still be under exam coverage. Astute parents will probably keep their sons home, especially if they're trying to catch up in their grades. Oh, well. C'est la vie.

The main effect on the country could be horrendous, though, if "Egay" comes into the Philippines with the strength with which it's been measured. Flooding and destruction are sure to come with the typhoon, and so it's best to pray that it leaves the country mostly unscathed as it passes through.


Ironically, just last week, religious leaders called on their faithful to pray for rain to alleviate the dry spell. Now, calls are being issued for prayers to stop the rain. Be careful what we pray for, I guess.

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