On the contrary, happy to hear there are more of us of the female persuassion.
If you want to I can post some pics/links of lovely Japanese raincoats. I have a couple, very light, waterproof, comfortable and stylish.
Umbrellas do not last in these gusts of wind. If they can throw a full grown Jeremy Lin type of guy, scooter and all, from one side of the street to the other…imagine what they can do to you with an umbrella…Mary Poppins + Wizard of Oz reenactment! Umbrellas are useless in that kind of weather.
Best brand of umbrellas are Rainstory. Automatic ones are a delight to carry, light and can be operated with one hand.