Early yesterday, November 8, 2013, as Super Typhoon Yolanda made landfall at Guiuan, Eastern Samar, residents in Cagayan de Oro were so much aware and well prepared for the impending havoc by the storm considered to be “extremely catastrophic”.
And perhaps prayers were answered, only light rain and some occasional rain showers poured into the city. Photos below show some street shots at around 8:00AM yesterday.
Cagayan de Oro River was calm and you could see its normal color indicating no rains in the hinterlands. Flooding did not occur.
There were little traffic as many motorists and public utility jeepneys opted to remain in their respective garages.
A lot of offices and commercial establishments are closed but fuel refilling stations and some stores including malls and supermarkets remained open though.
Don Apolinar Velez should have been very busy at this hour of the day…but not yesterday.
With a lot of lessons learned from Sendong and Pablo, preparedness is the key to survival – being hit or not by a natural calamity.