Let's get real: typhoons are super destructive.
They are also really common in this region.
And they are a much needed nuisance.
For two consecutive days, a county would have no running water. None at all. That means no showers, no flushing toilets, no water to do the dishes. Nada. The worst thing? Schools and other work places were not closing either! Can you imagine that?
Okay, but what does all of this have to do with typhoons? Taiwan had not been directly hit by a typhoon for over a whole year at the time of the shortage. That was one big reason why the shortage happened in the first place. Coupled with an unusually dry rainy season, the island was in crisis. Taiwan absolutely depends on at least one typhoon hitting a year to fill up its reservoirs.
While we are not expecting a direct hit from Goni, much of the island is expecting a breezy & soggy weekend. I, for one, am extremely happy that when school starts, running water and flushing toilets will be a part of the experience.