A runaway moon, a painful lesson on why you never ride a scooter in a hurricane….

Supercharged Typhoon Meranti was reportedly the strongest storm to hit southern Taiwan since the late 1800s, churning up waves dozens of feet high and knocking out power to more than a half-million people.

Suitable to a tempest of this magnitude were the scenes being played out under its screaming, sky-blackening clouds. For instance, drivers in Fuzhou on the Chinese coast were confronted with a simulacrum of the moon barreling over their cars. The half-inflated orb was supposedly blown away from an installation celebrating the Mid-Autumn Festival:

A scooter rider in south Taiwan, either because he or she was on the clock or really had someplace to be, produced an unintentional PSA about why you don’t ride in a typhoon. It also functions nicely as why you should wear a helmet:

And in Taiwan’s biggest harbor, the winds brought chaos to cargo ships, toppling containers as if they were as light as Lincoln Logs:

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