BORACAY ISLAND, PHILIPPINES- A man who used to live in Sacramento is weathering the massive storm in the Philippines.
Norm Schrieveris a writer living on Boracay Island.
Schriever took refuge in a hotel in Boracay during the chaos. He took video of the fierce winds and the heavy rains from the roof of his hotel near the beach
"Winds were blowing very hard, probably 80 miles per hour. But, it was still safe enough to be up there," said Schriever.
On Saturday, in an interview via Skype, he said he's feeling a bit frazzled and very tired, like many others. But, he says everyone is hanging in there.
Schriever described what he saw around the island. "You have tin roofs which fly around like razor blades in the wind. You have palm leaves, palm trees, believe it or not coconuts flying around."
He said the damage done to Boracay Island is nowhere near the damage done to other places like Leyte. He said the other islands "are absolutely crushed. "
"We got very lucky. The storm was ready to hit us dead on which would have devastated the island. But it swerved south."
Schriever says all the power lines were knocked down by the storm. There's no electricity on the island except for places with generators.
HisTweets include this one:
It's all good news in Boracay. No electricity. No internet. No big problems other than that.
But, Schriever admits, it's been crazy. People from all over the world are tweeting him with concern because they haven't heard from their loved ones on Boracay Island.
So, he tweeted:
Setting up a station near the beach today to help on #Boracay Island to help families find and communicate with their loved ones. Tweet me names.
"It's just scary if mother doesn't know where her child is. Or if there's no communication so I put together a list," said Schriever.
That listlets families know their loved ones are OK, according to Schriever.
As for Schriever, he's currently in SouthEast Asia, working on his next book. He says, without a doubt, they'll be a chapter on Boracay, the people, and what everyone has gone through.
"These folk are wonderful. Everyone helping each other. They have a really resilient spirit."
Schriever says he and many others on Boracay Island in the Philippines are very lucky. They have plenty of food and water, and people there are rebuilding quickly. But other areas are seeing much more damage and devastation.
By Suzanne Phan, firstname.lastname@example.org