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Old 12-07-2014, 12:04pm   #121
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2am there now. Rain and wind are gone....family is probably back home but I don't know if electricity is back yet.

Hopefully have some news by morning. (Evening here)
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Bump. Hoping for good news soon,
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Tim and family are all ok. House is ok and village sounds like it survived just fine.
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Tim and family are all ok. House is ok and village sounds like it survived just fine.
Great news!
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It's nice to have good news.
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That's great news!!
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Knock Knock were home!

Electric just came back on awhile ago and was really surprised to see it happen so soon.

While I had hoped it would be on soon, I have learned a long time ago that anything that can go wrong in the Philippines.. Usually will..

So was expecting a up to week maybe.

A Filipina friend of mine told me this advice the first week I arrived here back in 03, and she was right..

I have not yet had a chance to read any news and hope there were zero lives lost as was the goal of the Philippines this time around.

I have to admit that we learned many valuable but hard lessons from Typhoon Yolanda last year.

Shortly after my last post the other day, the Police showed up here in our village and told us it was mandatory Evacuation and we had to go now..

I had planned to hang out here at home and maybe even post some more here till the electric went out, but left for higher ground about 6PM our time.

Rains and the high winds started around 10, and got really bad about 1am and continued well into the next day.

I finally went home myself while it was still windy and raining about 6PM the following day.

Not sure when it was completely over but went to get my wife and cubs about 5 am this morning.

This storm was no where near as powerful as Yolanda was last year, but did last a long long time as it was slow moving.

Luckily where we are.. the winds were very high, but not the powerful tree breaking.. blow your house away kinda storm like we had last year.

I hope those north and also the east of us fared as well.

It was high tide here this time, so I expect the storm surge hit a much higher ground than last year, and know that some people probably thought they were safe so did not evacuate as they should have.

We were listening to updates on the radio all through the storm, but the station was elsewhere so the language was Ilongo, and just a mix of Bisaya & Cebuano, so I did not understand most of it.. as even most Filipinos in the house did not also.

But Tata spent a few years living there so he could translate what was going on for us.


Anyways I'm rambeling.. I have about a dozen or more people here celebrating life here and drinking Rhum at the house tonight, and will post more later.

Good news though, I only lost 1/2 of my roof this year.. and our village only took minor damage.

This year I packed everything away better, and other than roof and water damage, loss of my Banana crop... nothing else much was damaged.

And we are lucky enough to have our dry guest house to stay in till the roof is fixed.

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That's great news! Glad you are all safe and only have 1/2 your roof to replace.
And even have electricity!
Hope the clean up goes well, and you are all back to normal very soon.
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Good to hear you guys came through relatively unscathed Tim. How did others do in the worst hit places?

How long to fix your roof?
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Excellent news Tim!! Roof and bananas is manageable damage.

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Excellent news Tim!! Roof and bananas is manageable damage.

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Banana plant leaves make good roof material.
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Old 12-08-2014, 10:29am   #136
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...yes, we have no bananas, we have no bananas today....



good news indeed.
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Glad to hear everyone is OK. How'd those new huts from last year hold up?
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Great news!! Glad everyone made it through ok.
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Drive down to Home Despot and buy up all the shingles in sight!!!!!!
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Looking like the worst part will be about 6pm Eastern time today.
What did the winds get up to here, do you know? also what was it at the center?

It seems to me I remember hearing Yolanda got up to 250mph last year, but not sure.

You did a great job of keeping this updated here Rob!

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