Toby wrote:Update from Kathrin Borgwardt who runs Surfers Home and Isla Restaurant on Boracay:
we are all safe. yolanda is leaving slowly. that was very scary. the rest we check with sunrise
... very scary indeed.
If you've never been through a cyclone/typhoon its hard to really know how scary it is,,,, jump in your car, drive down the road at 160 km/hr (100 miles an hour) and put your head out the window, feeling that is a good start!!!
Our last cyclone that hit us was luckily for us a small category 1 and even that one had a storm surge but even double lucky us, we had low tide when it crossed the coast so didn't effect us at all. Mind you, another cyclone that went near us though months later spit out huge swell and our local beach lost 7m of sand dunes, totally messed it up and taken 2 years to sort of look normal again.
My friends who have been to Boracay a few times say a surge of a couple meters is really going to affect the place and a big shame, its not going to be pretty which ever way you look at it.
One thing though, the Phillipino's are hard workers so probably won't take long and it'll be back.