Amelita Paradela and members of her family have not been able to evacuate the small island of Bantayan in the face of a storm which has estimated 190 mile per hour (305 Kilometers per hour) winds. Surge may be high on the low lying island. We have been on the phone to her and other family members in the area. Many are making contingency plans to evacuate in case of severe storm surge. However, on the north end of the island at Madridejos, where Villacarlos Academy is located, there are only plans of riding out the storm. The eye is projected to approach dangerously close to the island perhaps sometime early tomorrow morning. Conditions are expected to worsen by about 18:00 their time.
We visited the area in September, and returned home to Kansas City in October. As I blogged about our day trip to Bohol, a 7.2 magnitude earthquake struck within a few kilometers of the area I was blogging, thus destroying many of the sites we visited and altering the lives of the people we met, including our driver/tour guide, who hasn't been able to provide for his family since the earthquake. Now, many people in Bohol are still homeless and are having to deal with the effects of Super Typhoon Haiyan, named Yolanda, in the Philippines. Amelita Paradela runs a private school south of Madridejos for children of poor fishing/farming families who would not be able to educate their kids otherwise. The village of Madridejos is on the north end of Bantayan Island. The population of the island is estimated to be around 136,960 people (source wikipedia -- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bantayan_island ). The area is also recovering from a tropical depression which hit the area with destructive tornados, which struck the family home in Compostela, Cebu, according to Amelita Paradela. There were also reports of tornados hitting in and around Cebu City from the same storms.
Here is a video that shows Madridejos and Villacarlos Academy...
Port of Hagnaya, ferry service to Bantayan Island has been suspended. Ferry's are the only way to and from the island for most of its residents and visitors. Hagnaya is also in danger from the Typhoon.
Madridejos is a fishing village, and many make their living from the sea.