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Wrath of Super Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda): Tale of a Survivor

Just when I announced on my Facebook account Saturday night that we survived from the wrath of super typhoon Haiyan (Philippine name: Yolanda), I don’t have much energy left to tell the entire story. Needless to say, it was traumatizing and we need to rebuild our courage and strength after the havoc caused by that super typhoon.

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We’re recovering now and I’m glad I can already think well so I’d be sharing with you the entire experience since Thursday, a day before Haiyan smashed the entire Tacloban City and other provinces in the Central Visayas, Philippines.

November 7, Thursday: 12-Hours before Landfall

Around 5-6PM, State weather agency, Pagasa, declared Tacloban City under Public Storm Warning Signal (PSWS) #4. Broadcasted on local TV channel, there was already a forced evacuation of the people in Palo Leyte, a town just 2km from its shore line. Palo is 6.2km from my location or 12km from the main downtown of Tacloban.

My Location (A) to Palo (B)
My Location (A) to Palo (B)

Many locales are also moving in to the city’s Astrodome as preemptive evacuation. The “Astro” as the people of Tacloban call it, is around 3km from my location via the Calanipawan road.
To Tacloban Astrodome We went there before the typhoon and it looked firm and sound against the wind gusts.

Tacloban City Astrodome
Tacloban City Astrodome

Because it’s just few meters from the shore line and we feared for a fierce storm surge, we just stayed in our apartment. Around 8PM, light to moderate rains started to pour in and it continued through the evening.

Video: Super-Typhoon Haiyan / Yolanda in Tacloban City, Philippines – November 7, 2013, 10PM

November 8, Friday: Expected Landfall at 6AM

At 1AM, the wind gust was getting stronger, and I decided not to sleep so I could at least monitor the typhoon and just watched my wife and 1 year old daughter, Sirri, asleep. Still had a time to eat a bar of chocolate, which obviously the rest of it and other foods we prepped were blown away the next hours.

Snickers for Typhoon!
Snickers for Typhoon!

At exactly 3AM, state weather agency Pagasa released 2AM forecast of the eye of the typhoon, which was at 135km SE of Guiuan Eastern Samar. Because that super typhoon was huge enough, about 600km in diameter, this was how it looked through the MTSAT.

Super Typhoon Haiyan at 3AM, Fiday, in Philippines
Super Typhoon Haiyan at 3AM, Fiday

Wind gusts became more violent even so when the Eye of Haiyan was forcasted less than 100km SE of Guiuan, Eastern Samar at around 4-4:30AM.

Super Typhoon Haiyan at 4AM, Fiday, in Philippines Super Typhoon Haiyan at 4:30AM, Fiday, in Philippines

At exactly 4:35AM, the power was out twice in our area, but I was certain no black out yet as my cousin near Marasbaras, Tacloban confirmed it. 2013-11-11 16.10.17 Total black out probably happened around 5:30AM, the time when mobile communication lines went down as well. We’ve got no signal in all networks and we presumed the eye of the typhoon was already in our location. I was still able to capture videos from the second floor of the apartment, watching another house across, being ripped off into pieces.

The wind just became more furious past 6AM.

Around 6:30AM, we need to close the windows and doors upstairs as the wind started battering our roof. I was still able to capture videos downstairs, not until when the flood water started to come in.

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This Post Has 7 Comments

  1. Dave Doolin

    Very sad so many have perished, real people with families. Glad to hear you and your family are doing well. Now I hope the lady at my office didn’t lose any family either.

    There is a HUGE load of supplies coming your way, just takes a little bit of time to get everything ramped.

    Please keep updating, I’ll check back soon.

  2. matthew wilkie

    Glad you guys made it out safe we still have friends in the area unaccounted for.

  3. Cebu Tech Blogger

    Thanks Pastor Choy! We really had to go out from there. My father-in-law had to argue with me because we still have stuffs we couldn’t leave there (e.g. Van). He suggested to find foods that would last for days instead. But when we roamed around that same day after the super typhoon smashed the city, I stood firm we really had to get out from there!

    1. kenshinnito

      This was one of the greatest decisions you made, bert.

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