#Flashback Friday: The Philippines typhoon of 1973


As news of Typhoon Haiyan devastates the islands of the Philippines today, I can’t help but remember the most terrifying storm of my life. I was about six years old when my family lived in the Philippines (Clark Air Base) in 1973 when a typhoon roared across the island.

Note in the picture the house was on stilts to allow rainwater to pass underneath.

Note in the picture the house was on stilts to allow rainwater to pass underneath.

The wall of the home you see on the exterior in the picture above served as the interior wall too. The brick house pig didn’t build homes here.

We all huddle in my parents’ bedroom with no power for what seemed like an eternity, as the typhoon ripped through the neighborhood. I remember going outside after the storm left and seeing portions of homes crushed by trees.

I’ve lived through some nasty thunderstorms and tornadoes in the Midwest and blizzards in Colorado, but they all pale in comparison to the Philippine typhoon the scarred me for life.

Sending prayers out to all those who are affected by Typhoon Haiyan.

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About Paul Fiarkoski

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One Response to #Flashback Friday: The Philippines typhoon of 1973

  1. Sim Artice says:

    I remember that typhoon. I was coming back from Thailand in October 73 and was caught at Ckark AFB for several days. First and hopefully the last time I experience a typhoon.

    The people of the Philippines are in my prayers.

    Stay safe, Sim

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