Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) personnel stand in formation beside newly-acquired rubber boats following a blessing ceremony in Manila on Nov. 6, 2013.
Gov. Roger Mercado of Southern Leyte, a province in Eastern Visayas close to the storm's path, told
Friday morning that fallen trees had made "all roads" impassable. "We don't know the extent of the damage," Mercado said. "We are trying to estimate this. We are prepared, but this is really a wallop."