Super Typhoon Haiyan, called Yolanda in the Philippines, struck the Philippines in the early morning hours of November 8, 2013. It is likely one of the strongest tropical cyclones to make landfall in recorded history. It made landfall producing sustained winds at 195 miles per hour (mph) with gusts as high as 225 mph.
Super Typhoon Haiyan is no doubt the single most extraordinary storm I have ever seen during the satellite era. We might never know exactly how powerful the storm was, but looking at the satellite imagery, it was possibly the scariest thing I have ever seen. In this post, I’ll share some of that incredible satellite imagery, plus some video from the Philippines.
CNN is reporting that at least three people have died from Haiyan. Unfortunately, I expect that number to grow as search and rescue procedures begins. I have seen pictures of storm surge flooding towns and strong winds blowing debris into the air. This storm struck as a Category 5 storm, which is defined as:
“Catastrophic damage will occur: A high percentage of framed homes will be destroyed, with total roof failure and wall collapse. Fallen trees and power poles will isolate residential areas. Power outages will last for weeks to possibly months. Most of the area will be uninhabitable for weeks or months.” – National Hurricane Center
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