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    Posted December 4, 2012 by
    Cagayan de Oro, Philippines
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    Typhoon Bopha - Cagayan de Oro, Philippines


    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     Filipino student GKomarnicki captured these images of high floodwaters by two bridges in his home region of Cagayan de Oro City in the northern part of the island of Mindanao, which has been badly affected by Typhoon Bopha. "The wind was so strong it sent unsecured objects flying through the air," he said. "Then the rain came and was so intense that in the early afternoon, the Cagayan River [pictured] overflowed." The rain has now stopped, he said, but authorities were still keeping people away from the river, fearing it would sweep them away. "It was heart-wrenching to see homes and streets near the river flooded and muddy," he said.
    - sarahbrowngb, CNN iReport producer

    I took these photos and videos a few hours after Typhoon Bopha (locally called Pablo) hit our city of Cagayan de Oro.

    We started to feel the intense effects of the storm at about 11:00am Tuesday (4th December); the wind was so strong and gusty that it uprooted many trees in our subdivision and sent objects not tied down flying through the air.

    Then, about an hour later, it started to rain intensely and continued for about three hours.

    Unlike with Washi (Sendong) last December, the real killer of Bopha was not the rain, but the wind. According to the Cagayan de Oro City government, they were ready for Bopha, but I doubt it because even though they were building levees along the banks of the Cagayan River, the river still overflowed.

    Right now, we have no electricity, no water and no landline. But the storm wasn't as bad as Washi, probably because after it made landfall, it quickly weakened from a Category 5 to a Category 2, although people are having a sense of deja vu, including me and my family.
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