Super Typhoon Yolanda to Make Landfall on Bantayan Island

As of Friday, November 8, 2013, 11:30 pm, weather authorities tell us that it is certain that Bantayan Island will suffer a direct strike by this massive Class 5, signal 4, Typhoon.

Winds are expected to be close to 180 miles per hour, or approximately 230 kilometers per hour. Storm surge from the sea is expected at 7 meters or 21 feet.

If this forecast holds true, no structures on the East facing side of the island will survive.

All those who live on the East side of the island where the storm will be most severe should evacuate to higher groud, in a concrete structure which can endure the winds and waves. Those who live in structures along Santa Fe are especially vulnerable. 

We have many friends who live in this area, and many of the poor who live in structures that cannot endure this type of storm, are in great danger. Please tell everyone who lives on the coast to evacuate to higher ground before the Typhoon arrives in the next 12 hours as signal 4.

We are praying for the safety and preservation of all the people of Bantayan island and know that the Lord will be with all of you in this great time of distress.

Please pray for the poor of the island who cannot evacuate the island and must endure the full force of this massive storm.

We are planning to arrive on the island later this month to bring fresh water, rice and medical supplies as we are able to obtain them. There will be great need of outside help from those around the world who can help. Please give whatever you can afford to help us supply the needs of the people of Bantayan Island. Make a donation to help HERE

We will update this article as information becomes available.

UPDATE: 8:45 AM

U.S. Naval Weather reports that the eye of Super Typhoon is now over Bantayan Island. There will be a period of calm for up to an hour, followed by a repeat and increase of winds and rains that will last for several more hours. If you have safety now, please do not leave your shelter as the eye of the Typoon will pass and the storm will continue once again.

Winds from this Signal #4 Typhoon are reported at close to 200 Miles per hour, or 300 kph. The devastation to life and structures is certain. We pray the Lord’s protection for all of the residents and visitors to Bantayan Island.

UPDATE: 12:45 PM

We have received word that nearly all of the roofs from buildings in the Daan Bantayan have been destroyed and cars are being blown around from the winds when Typhoon Yolanda made landfall in this location at 9:40 am.

As of this time, it is unknown what the extent of damage is  to Bantayan Island, as no reports have come from anyone on the island.

If you have a report or pictures of the damage on Bantayan Island, please email them to: pastorobrobinson@gmail.com and we will post them here on this wen site so that others may receive updates and information.

Pastor Rob and Marissa Robinson

Super Typhoon “Pablo” Threatens Bantayan Island

Many of you know that Super Typhoon “Pablo” is due to make landfall in the Philippines in the next 24 hours.

As we anxiously watch the approach of this massive storm, we all pray that it will spare our families and friends who make the Philippines their home.

As an act of precaution, we have boarded up the front windows on our beach front home on Bantayan Island, in preparation of this approaching storm.

We would advise our friends on the island to take every precaution to protect your homes and families. Please make sure that you have 4 or 5 days of fresh water and food as power on the island and supplies will be limited during this storm.

We pray for our friends and their families that the Lord will protect you all and that no harm will come to you.

Update: 9:00 am December 4, 2012, Bantayan Island.

Cebu and Bantayan Island are just now getting hit with the first band of Gale Force winds and torrential rain…. The Eye of the Typhoon has just struck the Island of Mindanao….

Update: 7:27 a.m., December 5, 2012

Initial reports coming back from our friends in the Philippines is that there has been substantial damage in the southern portion of the country called Mindanao, with thousands of deaths and homeless likely. The area where our family lives, and where we have our home on Bantayan Island, report that there was minimal damage. I would rather our house had been completely destroyed and all those precious people in Mindanao been spared… The Lord has His plan, and I submit to it…. I just grieve for the loss of life and the many thousands of poor who have lost everything they had, though it is not much.

Thankfully, the Filipino people are very unique in that they are happy with nothing because their joy does not come from the things they posses, but from the love that they have for the Lord and for each other. I wish that the United States had their priorities in such order… Our deep love to our family and friends in the Philippines, we pray with you for those families that are suffering so much right now, and ask the Lord to please help them to be able to rebuild their lives and go on with the same joy they have always had. The world should know that the Filipino are a beautiful and wonderful people and they need our help so much…

Typhoon “Sendong” Kills More Than 600 in the Philippines

Fox News

As a storm that killed more than 650 in the southern Philippines raged outside the store where she works, Amor Limbago worriedly called home to check on her parents, but their cellphones just kept ringing and later went dead.

Limbago, 21, rushed home as soon as the flash floods receded and confirmed her worst fear: Her parents and seven other relatives were gone, swept away from their hut by the river. They had eagerly planned a small Christmas dinner in that hut just days earlier.

“I returned and saw that our house was completely gone,” a weeping Limbago told The Associated Press from Cagayan de Oro city. “There was nothing but mud all over and knee-deep floodwaters.”

Tropical Storm Washi blew away Sunday after devastating a wide swath of the mountainous region on Mindanao island, which is unaccustomed to major storms.

Most of the victims were asleep Friday night when flash floods cascaded down mountain slopes with logs and uprooted trees, swelling rivers and killing at least 652 people. The late-season tropical storm turned the worst-hit coastal cities of Cagayan de Oro and nearby Iligan into muddy wastelands filled with overturned cars and broken trees.

Most of the dead were children and women, Philippine Red Cross Secretary General Gwendolyn Pang said. At least 808 others were still missing, mostly in the two cities, she said.

Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin and top military officials flew to Cagayan de Oro and Iligan to help oversee search-and-rescue efforts and deal with thousands of displaced villagers. Among the items urgently needed are coffins and body bags, said Benito Ramos, who heads the government’s disaster-response agency.

“It’s overwhelming. We didn’t expect these many dead,” said Ramos, adding that authorities were continuing to find bodies floating at sea.

Although the disaster-prone Philippines is lashed by about 20 typhoons and storms annually, the devastation shocked many, coming close to Christmas — the predominantly Roman Catholic nation’s most-awaited time for family reunions. Army officials in the south said they canceled Christmas parties and would donate the food to homeless survivors.

Limbago said she and her mother, Jean, 50, and father Amancio, 63, planned to have a simple Christmas dinner of spaghetti. Those plans had evaporated Sunday as she and surviving relatives checked crowded morgues, hospitals and evacuation centers for any sign of her missing parents.

Others lost homes and belongings but were happy to have survived.

Edmund Rubio, a 44-year-old engineer, said he, his wife and two children scrambled to the second floor of their house in Iligan city as floodwaters engulfed the first floor, destroying his TV set and other appliances and washing away his car and motorcycle.

Amid the panic, he heard a loud pounding on his door as neighbors living in nearby one-story houses pleaded with him to allow them up to his second floor. He said he brought 30 neighbors to the safety of his house, which later shook when a huge floating log slammed into it.

“It’s the most important thing, that all of us will still be together this Christmas,” Rubio told the AP.

About a block away from Rubio’s house, rescuers used a backhoe and shovels to search for 19 people in the muddy ruins of a two-story house that collapsed when it was hit by a massive log. They dug out 11 bodies from the site Saturday, witnesses said.

Army officers reported unidentified bodies piled up in morgues in Cagayan de Oro, where electricity was restored in some areas, although the city of more than 500,000 people remained without tap water.

At least 346 died in Cagayan de Oro and 206 in Iligan, the Red Cross said. The death toll was expected to rise because many isolated villages still had not been reached by overwhelmed disaster-response personnel.

“Our fear is there may have been whole families that perished so there’s nobody to report what happened,” Pang said.

Both Iligan, a bustling industrial center about 485 miles southeast of Manila, and Cagayan de Oro were filled with scenes of destruction and desperation.

A lone worker gingerly embalmed scores of bodies laid side by side in an Iligan city funeral parlor. Outside the embalming room, seven white coffins were placed in a corridor, surrounded by weeping relatives.

“Many mothers, fathers were walking from one funeral parlor to another, looking for their children,” said army Maj. Eugenio Osias, who led a rescue effort in Cagayan de Oro.

Ramos attributed the high casualties “partly to the complacency of people because they are not in the usual path of storms” despite warnings by officials that one was approaching.

In just 12 hours, Washi dumped more than a month of average rain on Mindanao.

Thousands of soldiers and hundreds of local police, reservists, coast guard officers and civilian volunteers were mobilized for rescue efforts, but were hampered by flooded-out roads and lack of electricity. Rescuers in boats rushed offshore to save people swept out to sea.

Typhoon “Sendong”, Signal 1 For Cebu and Bantayan Island

The National Weather Service has advised that Tropical Storm “Sendong” has developed into a Typhoon. Over Mindanao, Leyte and Bohol, Typhoon Sendong will increase in strength to a Signal Number 2 Typhoon. Cebu and Bantayan Island will experience Signal Number 1 conditions for the next 36 hours.

Wind and waves around Bantayan Island today will increase as Typhoon Sendong passes lower Cebu. The outlying band of clouds carrying moisture will effect Bantayan Island with heavy rainfall at times over the next 36 hours.

It is advisable that you check the ferry schedule in Hagnaya and Santa Fe before attempting a crossing to or from Bantayan Island. Ferry service was concealed all day for Bantayan Island today, Friday, December 16, 2011. It appears highly likely that there will also be no ferry service to or from Bantayan Island tomorrow, Saturday December 17, 2011.

At 4:30 pm, a large band of rain clouds entered the Santa Fe Municipality area of Bantayan Island with strong rain, wind and minor flooding. It appears that this heavy rain will continue throughout the night and into Saturday morning.

Update: 4:00am, Saturday, December 17, 2011.

Winds have recently increased along the shorefront with rain beginning again. The National Weather Service is reporting winds of 55 mph, with gusts up to 80 mph. Seas are extremely rough with no ferry service predicted for today, to or from Bantayan Island by Island Shipping Company.

By Tomorrow, Sunday, December 18, 2011, it is likely that the wind and rains will be gone over Bantayan Island and the seas should begin to calm. By Monday conditions should be calm with normal ferry service to and from Bantayan Island resuming.

Update: 2:40 pm, Saturday December 17, 2011

Wind and waves are beginning to subside here on Bantayan Island as “Sendong” passes the Philippine Area of Responsibility. Ferry service has resumed to and from the island.

Tropical Storm “Sendong” Changes Course

Tropical Storm “Sendong”, which was forecast to track across Cebu City and Bantayan Island by Friday, has changed course and is not predicted to miss Cebu City and Bantayan Island.

The following is the updated PAGASA storm track that is predicted as of today, for “Sendong”

Effected areas of Eastern Samar, Western Samar, Leyte Provinces, Camotes Island, and Bohol will experience “Signal Number 1” winds of 45-60 kph, and storm surge waves.

Bantayan Island will experience wind, rain and rough seas for Friday, Saturday and part of Sunday.

In the event that Sendong changes course again, we will update this web site with additional information.

New Typhoon Forming Near Cebu

A tropical Depression called 27W, is increasing in strength and moving towards the area of Cebu. The latest satellite imagery shows a large formation of rain and wind, south-east of Mindanao, moving westerly towards Cebu, and Bantayan Island.

Last night, we experienced strong winds and rain on the shores of Santa Fe, with calm winds and cloudy skies this Thursday morning.

If you are planning a trip to Bantayan Island for the next few days, you may want to consider putting it on hold until this Tropical system passes. It is likely that by Tomorrow morning ferry service will be halted as seas will be very rough and dangerous.

It would be wise to stock up now on a few food items and drinking water, as well as batteries for you flashlight, in the event this tropical depression does grow into a signal 1 or 2 Typhoon.

More updates to follow later today (Thursday, December 15, 2011)

Tropical Depression 27W To Strike Bantayan on Friday-Saturday

We are tracking a Tropical Depression named 27W or “Sendog”, with sustained winds over 35 mph, that is due to arrive in Cebu City and Bantayan Island by This coming Friday, December 16, 2011, and last Through Saturday, December 17, 2011.

The following is the graphic we are using to track this storm. As more update become available, we will keep you posted.

Weather Update: Monday October 31, 2011

A strong low pressure system is forming off the coast of Mindanao that will undoubtably bring high winds and rain to Bantayan Island next week. There is a possibility of this low pressure system forming a tropical depression and becoming a Typhoon within the next 5 days.

Currently Bantayan Island is experiencing high winds estimated to have gusts over 60 miles per hour.

Windy conditions have prevailed over the previous night and will continue all day today, making travel by ferry difficult, if not impossible.

We will bring you an update as we watch the low pressure system and winds develop

The Problem with PAGASA: You Are Too Late…

During the recent approach to Cebu and Bantayan Island by Tropical Typhoon “Ramon” a few days ago, it became quickly apparent that PAGASA is not doing a sufficient Job in closely monitoring the weather in the Philippines.

From my vantage point, it was clear that when Ramon changed direction before making landfall with Cebu, that no one was aware of the change in course, because PAGASA does not conduct rapid enough assessments of approaching storms. Instead of an every six hour or twelve hour assessments, perhaps it would be advisable to give updates every fifteen minutes or so when a storm is on final approach to a populated landmass.

Typhoon Ramon was due to make landfall with Cebu on Thursday October 13, 2011, PAGASA stated in their weather update. The storm actually arrived an entire day early on Wednesday, passed Cebu city and went out to sea before PAGASA even reported the change in course.

On Bantayan Island, resorts were boarded up, people on high alert, expecting Typhoon Ramon to make direct contact with Bantayan around Mid-night on Thursday October 13th. Instead, Typhoon Ramon missed the island by close to 100 Kilometers, making evacuations and Typhoon preparations completely unnecessary. The storm changed course a day earlier, yet PAGASA did not inform anyone of the change until Ramon had already passed Cebu and gone out to open water.

Unless PAGASA changes their present approach to predicting approaching Typhoon’s in the Philippines, I predict that many will be looking for new jobs.

As inhabitants of the Philippine islands, we need faster and more frequent updates on the status of approaching Typhoon’s or tropical storms, so that we might be better prepared. How many lives have been lost because the weather updates are too late for citizens to get out of the way before disaster strikes?

If you agree that PAGASA needs to do a better job, write or call your local government official and let them know a change is needed.

Typhoon Ramon Will Strike Bantayan Island Thursday

Upon the entrance of Typhoon Ramon into the Eastern area of Mindanao and Southern Leyte, this growing storm has increased it’s wind speed to signal number 2.

It is certain that by midnight on Thursday, October 13, 2011, Ramon will make direct contact with Bantayan Island.

Current indicators, as shown on the latest map below, show that Ramon likely will increase to signal number 2 as it comes into contact with the shores of Santa Fe, on Bantayan Island.

Although the map below indicates signal number one for Cebu and Bantayan Island, this wind strength will likely be updated to signal number 2 by late Wednesday evening.

Typhoon Ramon to Strike Bantayan Island Thursday
Typhoon Ramon to Strike Bantayan Island Thursday

If Ramon continues to strengthen as it makes landfall tonight and tomorrow morning at Mindanao and Southern Leyte, it has a high likelihood of coming into Cebu as a Signal Number 2 Typhoon with winds from 60-100 Kilometers per hour, or 37-62 Miles per hour.

This leaves Bantayan Island in the path of a fairly large and destructive typhoon.

All Ferry service was cancelled as of Tuesday morning on Bantayan Island. Seas have been “White Capped” all day, with periods of heavy rain and wind gusts. Currently there is light rain falling over Bantayan Island with mostly cloudy skies.

As Ramon exits the area of Bantayan Island by Friday, seas will continue to be too rough for Ferry service. The earliest date for restored service to Bantayan Island by Ferry would be Sunday to Monday.

We will continue to monitor the weather sources for this storm and post updates here as soon as there are any new changes.

Storm Update: Wednesday, October 12, 2011,  7:00 am

Revised Estimates have placed the “Eye Wall” of the center of Ramon, Directly over Bantayan Island, sometime after mid-night, or approximately 12:00am tonight/early tomorrow morning. The highest sustained winds of over 100 kph will be present closet to the eye wall. Storm surges of ocean waves will exceed 3-4 feet, bringing sea waves up to 4 feet higher than the high tide markers for the island.

Classification for this Storm has been upgraded to Signal Number 2 for Bantayan Island and Northern Cebu.

It has been more than 10 years since a Typhoon has made direct contact with Bantayan Island, as Ramon most certainly will.

It is advisable to take appropriate action to protect your person and property as this storm will do moderate damage to structures on Bantayan near the shore of Santa Fe where the storm surge will make initial contact. Those in higher elevations on Bantayan Island will also experience higher wind gust over 100 Kilometers per hour.

The Following is the latest storm track for Ramon, showing it’s path directly over Bantayan Island as a signal Number Two Typhoon.

Path of Typhoon Ramon to Make a Direct Strike on Bantayan Island
Path of Typhoon Ramon to Make a Direct Strike on Bantayan Island

More Updates to Follow in a Few Hours…

The Following picture was taken from Beach Placid Resort, at 7:30 am on Wednesday October 12, 2011, looking in the direction of the Pier at Santa Fe. Shown is the Beach Erosion caused by the previous nights Wind, Rain and Waves at Low Tide.

Beach Erosion on Santa Fe from Typhoon Ramon
Typhoon Ramon Storm Damage From Tuesday Night, October 11, 2011

Additional Pictures of the Storm Damage from Typhoon Ramon will be posted after the Storm Passes Bantayan Island.

Typhoon Ramon Update 10:30 am, October 12, 2011.]

The storm track of Typhoon Ramon has changed direction in the past 2 hours and has headed south of Cebu City and by the writing of this post, is most likely out to sea once again. This is wonderful news for the people of Bantayan Island as this will mean that we will NOT suffer a direct strike by the eye wall of Typhoon Ramon.

I will update this information at 11:00 when the Philippine and U.S. Governments give their updated information.

A truly amazing event has just happened.

While on a direct course for Bantayan Island, this morning Typhoon Ramon changed course abruptly when it reached the Island of Cebu and went in a more Westerly direction until it passed Cebu. Ramon then turned again and head back to it’s former course, completely bypassing Bantayan Island.

The following Map shows the strange and sudden change in course.

Our friends in the U.S. had been praying for us and all the people of Bantayan Island since last night. They prayed that the Typhoon would change course. For anyone who does not believe that prayer is a powerful tool that God honors when His people pray, this is clear evidence that our prayers are heard and that God responds when we need His help.

Prayers work, Ramon Changes Course
Prayers for the People of Bantayan Island Works as Ramon Changes Course