Members may have noticed my absence the past week. Last Saturday afternoon a terrible hot season storm hit the area where I live, southwest of Chiang Mai. It only lasted about half an hour, but the area was severly damaged, electricity poles down everywhere, and trees either uprooted or large branches broken off. As far as I know no-one was killed, but I heard some people were injured by flying debris. Luckily my house only sustained relatively minor damage (some nearby houses lost their whole roof), but many trees in my garden were battered. The electricity was off for 4 days, and is still prone to power cuts lasting from between a second and maybe 1 hour. My internet connection was only restored yesterday afternoon, and I am still trying to catch up. I will post some photos later, after I upload them to imgur.
Thanks for your concern. My collection is fine in its windowless "bunker".
I have never seen as bad a storm as that in my area, although from time to time they do happen in Thailand this time of year. It's the hot season here with temperatures about 40C every day from late March. We usually get the odd tree down, but I have never seen the sort of damage this storm created before.
It was very frightening, especially when at the height of the storm the french windows on the front side of the house started to bend inwards at the middle due to the pressure of the wind. The mosquito screen doors both fell out of the frame and water started pouring in, but as soon as the wind dropped the window moved back into its normal shape. I was sure it was going to cave in as it was bent inwards by at least 6 inches. The frame is UPVC, so it just sprang back into normal flat shape afterwards.
Yutaka Inayoshi mentioned to me about severe storms passing Chiang Mai area. I suppose he retained power at his place as he stayed connected.
Continued deforestation around the world will bring more powerful storms and change of climate ( not necessarily warmer in some areas, especially here in Ontario, 27 of April It is still cold and not even one butterfly is flying here ).
That's a good beating. Luckily Thailand is not normally experiencing this as often as the Philippines, Taiwan, SE China and Japan, but it is still scary when it happens. It will cost a bit, but it helps renew the city bad structures.