"We have friends whose families are missing"
This morning I saw very high waves, trees and electricity posts were falling. Mobile signals are very bad, and there's no way of communicating with people, especially in areas like Tacloban and Ormoc City. We have friends in those areas but unfortunately we're texting them and trying to call them but we can’t reach them. We have friends who told us members of their families are missing, and that their houses were blown away.The government and the people were ready [in Surigao city]. It was expected that there would be flooding in low-lying areas so people had already been moved to higher ground.
"I've never experienced anything like this"
It started this morning at around 7am. We could hear the windows rattling and winds building up. There was trash flying around and the trees were swaying quite frantically. We lost electricity at around 9:30am, about an hour before things got crazy. We also lost water, and the mobile networks weren't very good. We got our power back at around 5:30pm, so around eight hours later. Communicatons are now back to normal here in Cebu city, but im not sure about other places.I know someone on the island of Samar [Editor's note: Samar lies next to the island of Leyte, where the two aforementioned cities of Tacloban and Ormoc are both situated]. I tried reaching him awhile ago via text message and he hasn’t replied back. I also sent a message on facebook and didnt get any response.The storm scared the hell out of me. Of course living in the Philippines we go through several tropical storms and typhoons every year, but I've never experienced anything like this.