POST TYPHOON UPDATE 10Nov13: I wanted to update our situation since my original post below. First, thank you for all the emails asking about our well being. It's nice to know someone cares about us old folks. The night of passage, I was up after posting til about 11:30pm. The door to the apartment was rattling, wind howling, and loud bursts of pounding rain. At 11:35 the power went off and the only light was from my iPad. I went to bed. But after experiencing the fury here some 100 miles from the path, I do not want more thrills. We awoke to power restored but no water. It took about a day and a half for water to come back on. So in case you didn't notice the green pin on the map, it points to us in Alaminos. Except for the power and water outage, we fared well. Our missionaries are all ok, so we feel very blessed. Others were much harder hit and we continue to pray for them.
8 Nov2013: This is a really big typhoon, Cat5. It's path is across the southern tip of our mission and about 100 miles south of us. We are getting winds with gusts to 60+ mph and heavy squalls of rain. Our missionaries are grounded to their apartments. It's 10:30 p.m. here November 8, 2013 and the things should be better tomorrow as the storm will be past. Here are a couple of images I captured earlier today.
The top is the track. The green pin is Alaminos where the Mission Office is located. The picture below is cool and gives you an idea how big this storm is. If you look at the 11:00 o'clock position of the circular storm cloud, you can see the north end of the Philippines sticking out.