This is the message the missionaries just received from their president:
Elders and Sisters, we want to warn you about a potential Super Typhoon that may be headed our way. At present, the track of the typhoon looks like it will hit landfall on Samar-Leyte coast on Friday early morning. If it continues on the present track, it will probably pass to the north of Cebu, moving across the Mindoro Strait after traversing the Northern Visayas. It looks like it might be a category 5 typhoon, which could be a very destructive storm. We must be prepared in case the storm veers a little to the south and comes across Cebu and Negros. So be prepared!!
We want every missionary to purchase a supply of water and food today that will last for at least 72 hours. If electricity goes out, you will not be able to cook, so purchase some food that can be eaten without cooking. Do not procrastinate. Also make sure that you have some money on hand in case there is need to purchase supplies after the storm passes when you might not be able to withdraw money from an ATM.
Strongest Typhoon of the Year Slams Philippines
One of the most powerful typhoons ever recorded slammed into the Philippines early Friday, and one weather expert warned, "There will be catastrophic damage."
The U.S. Navy's Joint Typhoon Warning Center shortly before Typhoon Haiyan's landfall said its maximum sustained winds were 314 kilometers per hour (195 mph), with gusts up to 379 kilometers per hour (235 mph).
"195-mile-per-hour winds, there aren't too many buildings constructed that can withstand that kind of wind," said Jeff Masters, a former hurricane meteorologist who is meteorology director at the private firm Weather Underground.
Masters said the storm had been poised to be the strongest tropical cyclone ever recorded at landfall. He warned of catastrophic damage.
WE WILL UPDATE THE BLOG AS WE RECEIVE WORD FROM SUMNER -
THANK YOU FOR YOUR PRAYERS IN HIS BEHALF AND IN BEHALF OF THE FILIPINO PEOPLE - jm