Super Typhoon Haiyan, which slammed into the Philippines early this morning, is one of the strongest storms ever recorded on the planet.
Last month, a 7.1-magnitude earthquake hit the island, which lies close to the typhoon’s predicted path. The quake killed at least 222 people, injured nearly 1,000 and displaced about 350,000, according to authorities.
“This has been a quake hit area, for the past three weeks people are still experiencing aftershocks,” said Aaron Aspi, a communications specialist in Bohol for the charity World Vision. “and at the same time these rains are giving them a really hard time.”
• Super Typhoon Haiyan had winds of 195 mph and gusts of 235 mph. This is one of the highest wind speeds ever recorded in a storm in world history.
• It made landfall as the most powerful typhoon or hurricane in recorded history, as based on wind speed measurements from satellites.
• The strength of Haiyan is equal to that of an extremely powerful Category 5 hurricane in the Atlantic. (Typhoons are the same type of storms as hurricanes).
• No hurricane in the Atlantic has ever been this strong; Hurricane Camille hit the U.S. Gulf Coast with an estimated wind speed of 190 mph.
• The storm is over 300 miles wide: The width is about equal to the distance between Boston and Philadelphia.
• Haiyan is the fourth typhoon to hit the Philippines in 2013.
• The Philippines typically gets hit by more typhoons than any country on Earth, usually about six or seven each year.
• About 10 million people live on the central Philippine islands and are most at risk of a direct strike from Haiyan.
• A storm surge as high as 15 feet is possible in some parts of the Philippines.
• A 50-mile wide swath of 8+ inches of rain is predicted to cross the central Philippines, which will lead to dangerous flash floods and mudslides.
• Sea level rise from global warming is escalating the risk posed by storm surges across the globe, including in low-lying areas of the Philippines.
• Haiyan is the Chinese word for petrel, a type of bird that lives over the open sea and returns to land only for breeding.
• Haiyan is the 28th named storm of the 2013 Western Pacific typhoon season.
• The storm is known as Super Typhoon Yolanda in the Philippines. The World Meteorological Organization officially assigns typhoon names, to have a consistent name for a storm, but other countries are free to create their own names too.
Prediction of where Haiyan will be travelling to:
Hmmm.. I’m not placed on alert/hold for this one. +_+ Always only working in the back end.
Some of my colleagues have already been transferred to Philippines since a few days back and some being recalled to go over to Vietnam and Laos.
But, we’re still being briefed on the current situation.
Was told that the Vietnam and Laos are quite ready with evacuation and supplies, but, with natural disasters, you’ll never know what will happen.
Philippines are already being hit hard and there is already official word of 2 deaths.
Pray for the safety of the innocent.