It was a curious call from my wife who was watching TV; “Come quickly, see how the sky has blackened completely and wind is blowing speedily”, there was some drizzling before hand in the rain starved Paradip during the current monsoon period.
I was glued to the PC surfing the Net in a leisurely manner on Sunday, the week end here at about 1 PM. Hardly, I reached the next room, wind speed perhaps reached the last super cyclone in 1999. When I came back to close the windows in the second bedroom, that was virtually locked from inside; could open with a lot of force by both of us.
The window was broken and the room was filled with the dried leaves and broken green branches of trees from outside. The branches of a broken jack fruit tree were filtering the hurricane obstructing the open window, much to our relief. The wind speed dramatically came down after some 5 minutes, but the rain continued. The road in front of our residence was water logged.
After about 30 minutes, everything stopped and I got an emergency call from our hospital to attend a case of injury sustained by broken panel glass of a petrol pump. The dorsum of the hand of the manager was cut and there were injuries to some of the tendons of hand. Those were repaired.
I returned to my residence at 3.30 PM and we took our lunch. Many of our trees were broken; telephone line and cable TV line were cut. The car garage of our neighbor had been blown away. Surprisingly there was no destruction some meters away.
I called it, a limited hurricane. And this is the life; here now and nowhere after sometime. Some are affected and some are not.