Super Typhoon Haiyan Finishes Pounding the Philippines, Headed for Vietnam

By: Dr. Jeff Masters , 3:50 PM GMT on November 08, 2013

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After spending 48 hours at Category 5 strength, the strongest landfalling tropical cyclone in world history, Super Typhoon Haiyan, has finally weakened to a Category 4 storm. With top sustained winds of 155 mph, Haiyan is still an incredibly powerful super typhoon, but has now finished its rampage through the Central Philippine Islands, and is headed across the South China Sea towards Vietnam. Satellite loops show that Haiyan no longer has a well-defined eye, but the typhoon still has a huge area of intense thunderstorms which are bringing heavy rains to the Central Philippines. I've never witnessed a Category 5 storm that made landfall and stayed at Category 5 strength after spending so many hours over land, and there are very few storms that have stayed at Category 5 strength for so long.


Figure 1. Super Typhoon Haiyan approaching the Philippines, as seen by the Japan Meteorological Agency's MTSAT at 0630Z on November 7, 2013. At the time, Haiyan had maximum sustained winds of 175 mph. Image credit: NOAA Environmental Visualization Laboratory.

Haiyan's place in history
Haiyan hit Guiuan, on the Philippine island of Samar, at 4:40 am local time (20:40 UTC) November 8, 2013. Three hours before landfall, the Joint Typhoon Warning Center (JTWC) assessed Haiyan’s sustained winds at 195 mph, gusting to 235 mph, making it the 4th strongest tropical cyclone in world history. Satellite loops show that Haiyan weakened only slightly, if at all, in the two hours after JTWC’s advisory, so the super typhoon likely made landfall with winds near 195 mph. The next JTWC intensity estimate, for 00Z UTC November 8, about three hours after landfall, put the top winds at 185 mph. Averaging together these estimates gives a strength of 190 mph an hour after landfall. Thus, Haiyan had winds of 190 - 195 mph at landfall, making it the strongest tropical cyclone on record to make landfall in world history. The previous record was held by the Atlantic's Hurricane Camille of 1969, which made landfall in Mississippi with 190 mph winds.

According to the official "best track" records from the Joint Typhoon Warning Center, here are the strongest tropical cyclones in world history:

Super Typhoon Nancy (1961), 215 mph winds, 882 mb. Made landfall as a Cat 2 in Japan, killing 191 people.
Super Typhoon Violet (1961), 205 mph winds, 886 mb pressure. Made landfall in Japan as a tropical storm, killing 2 people.
Super Typhoon Ida (1958), 200 mph winds, 877 mb pressure. Made landfall as a Cat 1 in Japan, killing 1269 people.
Super Typhoon Haiyan (2013), 195 mph winds, 895 mb pressure. Made landfall in the Philippines at peak strength.
Super Typhoon Kit (1966), 195 mph winds, 880 mb. Did not make landfall.
Super Typhoon Sally (1964), 195 mph winds, 895 mb. Made landfall as a Cat 4 in the Philippines.

However, it is now recognized (Black 1992) that the maximum sustained winds estimated for typhoons during the 1940s to 1960s were too strong. The strongest reliably measured tropical cyclones were all 5 mph weaker than Haiyan, with 190 mph winds—the Western Pacific's Super Typhoon Tip of 1979, the Atlantic's Hurricane Camille of 1969, and the Atlantic's Hurricane Allen of 1980. All three of these storms had a hurricane hunter aircraft inside of them to measure their top winds. Haiyan's winds were estimated using only satellite images, making its intensity estimate of lower confidence. We don't have any measurements of Haiyan's central pressure, but it may be close to the all-time record of 870 mb set by Super Typhoon Tip. The Japan Meteorological Agency estimated Haiyan's central pressure at 895 mb at 18 UTC (1 pm EST) November 7, 2013. This would make Haiyan the 12th strongest tropical cyclone on record globally, as far as lowest pressure goes.


Figure 2. Damage from Super Typhoon Haiyan in Legazpi city, Albay province, Nov. 8, 2013, about 325 miles south of Manila, Philippines. (Twitter/Ritchel M. Deleon)

Massive damage in the Philippines
Wind damage on the south shore of Samar Island in Guiuan (population 47,000) must have been catastrophic, perhaps the greatest wind damage any place on Earth has endured from a tropical cyclone in the past century. A massive storm surge must have also caused great destruction along a 20-mile swath to the north of where the eye hit, where Project NOAH was predicting a 17’ (5.3 meter) storm tide. Wind and storm surge damage were heavy in Tacloban, population 221,000, the capital of the province of Leyte, according to preliminary media reports. Much of Tacloban is at elevations less than ten feet, and several videos posted on YouTube showed a storm surge of at least ten feet moving through the city. The northern (strong) part of Haiyan’s eyewall made a direct hit on the city. Storm Chaser Jim Edds was in Tacloban, and reported that at least ten crewed boats were in the harbor, attempting to ride out the storm. Haiyan’s winds, rains, and storm surge have caused widespread devastation throughout the Central Philippines, though we do not yet have reports from the worst-hit portions of the disaster zone, including the south shore of Samar Island. Fortunately, the storm’s fast forward speed of 25 mph cut down the amount of rain the storm dumped, compared to typical typhoons that affect the Philippines. Hopefully, this will keep the death toll due to flash flooding relatively low. Flash floods are usually the biggest killer in Philippine typhoons.


Figure 3. Predicted rainfall from the 06Z November 8, 2013 run of the HWRF model, for the 96-hour period ending at 06Z November 12, 2013. A 100-mile wide swath of 8 - 16 inches of rain (medium dark red colors) as well as a 30-mile wide swath of 16 - 24" (dark red colors) is predicted to affect Vietnam and Laos. Rains of this magnitude are likely to cause a top-five most expensive natural disaster in both nations. Image credit: NOAA/NCEP/EMC.

Haiyan an extremely dangerous storm for Vietnam and Laos
Haiyan will steadily decay over the next two days, due to colder waters and higher wind shear. However, it will still likely be a formidable Category 1 or 2 typhoon when it makes landfall in Vietnam near 06 UTC Sunday. Haiyan is expected to begin recurving to the northwest as it makes landfall, which means that a long 100+ mile stretch of the Vietnam coast will receiving the punishing winds and peak storm surge of the strong northern portion of the typhoon. With part of its circulation still over water, Haiyan will be able to pull in a huge amount of moisture that will create prodigious rains over Vietnam and Laos. I expect that the 12+ inches of rain that the storm will dump on those nations will make it a top-five most expensive natural disaster in their history.

Links
Visible satellite landfall loop from the Korean COMS-1 satellite, courtesy of Scott Bachmeier of the University of Wisconsin CIMSS group.
Damage videos from Tacloban from Marcjan Maloon
Twitter updates from Japan meteorologist Robert Speta.


Video 1. Damaging winds and a potent storm surge from Super Typhoon Haiyan are captured in this video from the capital of Leyte Province, Tacloban, which received a direct hit from Haiyan. Thanks to wunderground member GatorWX for posting this in my blog comments.

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MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – The outside world is slowly getting an idea of the extent of damage left in the wake of Typhoon Yolanda (international codename Haiyan), with reports of roughly a hundred dead and extensive damage to infrastructure.

While communication remains limited and reports remain sketchy and inaccurate, National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) spokesman Rey Balido told dzMM radio in an interview on Saturday morning, they have gotten "initial contact" from their team in the city Friday night, November 8.

"They said the damage inflicted by super typhoon Yolanda was severe," he said in the interview. "They said there are barely any houses [left] standing."

Balido said a few buildings reportedly remain intact but that most houses were crushed by fallen trees. He said they are still trying to determine the exact number of casualties.

"Our team there said many died but they were unable to tell us how many," he said.
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It's a huge dream of mine to see Jim Cantore doing push ups in the Thundersnow. In fact that covers just about any weather event he happens to show up for.
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Nino regions are continuing to warm everyday.

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Quoting 537. CloudyWithAChance:
Is that an eye I see perhaps trying to reform? Incredible that although not nearly as impressive as before it has held together so well.
I will let ya know the minute I see it winking at me
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This should make for an interesting Winter season for the US.

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The amazingly circular banding lets you know that this one was left to do what what it wished, with no adversity.
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Quoting 528. CybrTeddy:


Source? I really don't want another El Reno with this. This is a truly terrible situation.

Seconding that. Both Jim (@ExtremeStorms) and James (@typhoonfury) are very followed on Twitter and I have seen nothing on Twitter to suggest that there is any news on them yet.
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Quoting 526. KEEPEROFTHEGATE:
31W
Is that an eye I see perhaps trying to reform? Incredible that although not nearly as impressive as before it has held together so well.
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Quoting 534. StormTrackerScott:


Thundersnow? Seems to always happen when Jim Cantore shows up.
Right now the models aren't showing any snow for D.C.They track the storm to far off the coast and that leaves us high and dry in return.
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I went thru 110mph winds with Charley and was deathly affraid. I couldn't imagine another 100mph being tacted onto that.
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Quoting 527. washingtonian115:
I wonder if Jim Cantore is still salivating at the mouth to see if the models show a big snow storm for D.C again.


Thundersnow? Seems to always happen when Jim Cantore shows up.
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Man, that is a shot for sure.

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Quoting 528. CybrTeddy:


Source? I really don't want another El Reno with this. Beyond terrible situation.


May not be Americans. Lets hope.
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I live in central North Carolina and snow this early in the year would be a very welcome sight. Knowing my location it will snow all day then be ninety degrees the next. Oh well you take what you can get I guess, I'll take this prediction lightly for now don't want to get my hopes up.
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Quoting 528. CybrTeddy:


Source? I really don't want another El Reno with this. Beyond terrible situation.


CNN
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This storm was incredible looking. Almost like a hybrid between regular and an annular cyclone (certainly the CDO was quite symmetric). It's too bad it didn't stay out at sea and we didn't have any reconnaissance inside it.
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Quoting 525. StormTrackerScott:


Reports are stormchasers are among the deceased however don't know if they are Americans


Source? I really don't want another El Reno with this. This is a truly terrible situation.
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I wonder if Jim Cantore is still salivating at the mouth to see if the models show a big snow storm for D.C again.
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31W
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Quoting 515. KEEPEROFTHEGATE:
airport is gone only the runway remains


Reports are stormchasers are among the deceased however don't know if they are Americans
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Quoting 517. ncstorm:


Teddy, asking a question here but didnt you say countless times this season to not go off satellite presentation of a storm? There was no recon yesterday so how can we be certain that it was the strongest storm without a doubt?


I did, but that was for weak tropical storms. When observing the storms this season, it was difficult to determine whether or not they had a closed LLC (Dorian, Chantal, for example). Although they had a satellite signature of a stronger system, there wasn't much going down on the surface and they struggled to maintain status as a tropical cyclone for the various reasons this season dished out.

Haiyan however had a stronger satellite signature than anything we've ever seen before in the last 20-30 years. What's more, the damage being observed so far seems consistent with a tropical cyclone of exponential strength. That being said, we'll never know for sure. Recon wasn't sent into Haiyan at all, and we only knew the intensity of Super Typhoon Megi in 2010 from recon observations. Perhaps we'll know more when we get the data back in from storm chasers who ended up in the eye.

(btw, good question, I appreciate it! That does need to be clarified for some on here)
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People on here were making light of this earlier on here saying that the damage wasn't that bad. Well that's because no one could get to the hardest hit areas.
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Quoting 521. StormTrackerScott:
192hr GFS snowfall map. My buddy ncstorm will like this.



we'll see..the models change their minds too much..however our NWS did put chances of snow in our forecast per TA post..thats saying a lot..
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192hr GFS snowfall map. My buddy ncstorm will like this.



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Quoting 517. ncstorm:


Teddy, asking a question here but didnt you say countless times this season to not go off satellite presentation of a storm? There was no recon yesterday so how can we be certain that it was the strongest storm without a doubt?


nc it was what it was claimed to be

trust me when I say this

and over the coming days you will see as well
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Quoting 518. StormTrackerScott:


I just heard on CNN that some StormChasers are part of the deceased. Not good news at all as reports of whole towns leveled. Nothing left for miles was a direct quote from a reporter.


thats terrible..however thats the risk you take in chasing a storm..I pray they are alright though and just without communication..
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Quoting 503. barbamz:
BTW, as there are some (bad!) news now coming in from Tacloban there is nothing yet to be heard from those twittering stormchasers Reynolds and Edds yet, and moreover any news from the landfalling area of Eastern Samar are lacking. Should be some helis in that area later, according to twitter news.

With this good night from Germany and best wishes for the Philippines!


I just heard on CNN that some StormChasers are part of the deceased. Not good news at all as reports of whole towns leveled. Nothing left for miles was a direct quote from a reporter.
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Quoting 501. CybrTeddy:


Haiyan yesterday was the strongest storm we've ever tracked without a doubt, much stronger than even Wilma.


Teddy, asking a question here but didnt you say countless times this season to not go off satellite presentation of a storm? There was no recon yesterday so how can we be certain that it was the strongest storm without a doubt?
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Quoting 512. Pallis:
I heard cyber reports of 230 MPH gusts. That is possible. We were not there, and that is definitely a monster storm. Where were our famous American storm chasers? They could have died at the airport in this one.
airport is gone only the runway remains
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Tacloban was hit by the Northern eyewall while the storm was at 195 mph
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Super Typhoon Hiayan ripped through the Pacific Ocean with devastating force equivalent to a category 5 hurricane. Yesterday the super typhoon made landfall thru the Philippine island Provence of Samar with sustained winds of 195 mph and gusts of 235 mph.

In addition to the strong winds, the super typhoon is dropping massive amounts of rain. To give you some perception of this storm, Super Storm Sandy's highest sustained winds were 115 mph making Hiayan almost twice as powerful.



Haiyan had winds of 190 - 195 mph at landfall, making it the strongest tropical cyclone on record to make landfall in world history. Dr. Jeff Masters, The Weather Underground


Hiayan is expected be a category 2 storm when it makes landfall in Vietnam and Laos with wind speeds 100 mph. It is estimated to drop 12 inches of rain when it makes landfall. The combination of extremely high winds and excessive rain fall could make this storm the most expensive natural disaster in their history.



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Quoting 501. CybrTeddy:


Haiyan yesterday was the strongest storm we've ever tracked without a doubt, much stronger than even Wilma.
I heard cyber reports of 230 MPH gusts. That is possible. We were not there, and that is definitely a monster storm. Where were our famous American storm chasers? They could have died at the airport in this one.
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Quoting 489. Chicklit:
Who pissed off Mother Nature?

just stating the obvious
Nature is not my mother,and it definitely wasn't the Philippines yesterday.
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HOW BAD WAS IT? | As weather calms, government races to reach Yolanda-battered areas

"The government, military and Red Cross said one of their top priorities was trying to re-establish contact or reach communities in Leyte and Samar, two regions that were hit when the typhoon was at its strongest.
The military began flying C-130 planes full of relief supplies to Tacloban, the capital of Leyte, on Saturday morning, amid fears the city of more than 220,000 people and surrounding areas had been devastated.
A journalist for a local television network GMA reported seeing dozens of bodies lined up along roads and piled up in a church in the city and also in the neighboring coastal town of Palo.
The area was believed to have been hit by huge storm surges while residents had reported 11 people being swept out to sea in Tacloban.
Asked about the damage in Tacloban, Cabinet Secretary Rene Almendras said they were bracing for the worst.
"It's difficult to say exactly what happened there. It was very bad. There are reports that there were people dead because of the surge," Almendras told reporters in Manila.
"We are very concerned about the situation there." "
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World waits to see powerful typhoon's devastation in the Philippines
By Michael Martinez and Jethro Mullen, CNN
updated 9:19 PM EST, Fri November 8, 2013


Are you in the affected area? Send us images and video, but please stay safe.
(CNN) -- As dawn broke Saturday in the Philippines, the devastation of Super Typhoon Haiyan was expected to become better known a day after the storm -- perhaps the strongest ever -- rampaged across the central isles of the archipelago.
An early report by the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council indicated at least three people were killed, but there were widespread fears of a much higher death toll. At least seven people were hurt, according the council's report on Friday.
The destruction is expected to be catastrophic. Storm clouds covered the entire Philippines, stretching 1,120 miles -- equal to a distance between Florida and Canada. The deadly wind field, or tropical storm force winds, covered an area the size of Montana or Germany.
The typhoon first roared onto the country's eastern island of Samar at 4:30 a.m. Friday, flooding streets and knocking out power and communications in many areas of the region of Eastern Visayas, and then continued its march, barreling into five other Philippine islands.
Then, predawn Saturday, it headed toward Vietnam.
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Quoting 505. leftlink:
Pardon this unrelated post but a major development is about to occur with that European satellite dropping from the sky. I will post altitude, others feel free to reply to this comment and post the altitude. There is a tracking page where you can see the current location of the satellite. They should be able to predict where it will fall now (which is likely to be the ocean) but who knows it could be a populated area as well:

-- tracking
http://www.n2yo.com/?s=34602

-- story of the satellite fall
http://www.nytimes.com/2013/11/07/science/space/s atellite-will-fall-to-earth-but-no-ones-sure-where .html

Depending on how much longer it holds up it might ruin the day of a clueless group of penguins perhaps. Outside of that it doesn't appear to pose much threat does it? :P
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Quoting 505. leftlink:
Pardon this unrelated post but a major development is about to occur with that European satellite dropping from the sky. I will post altitude, others feel free to reply to this comment and post the altitude. There is a tracking page where you can see the current location of the satellite. They should be able to predict where it will fall now (which is likely to be the ocean) but who knows it could be a populated area as well:

-- tracking
http://www.n2yo.com/?s=34602

-- story of the satellite fall
http://www.nytimes.com/2013/11/07/science/space/s atellite-will-fall-to-earth-but-no-ones-sure-where .html

Thanks Left.
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Pardon this unrelated post but a major development is about to occur with that European satellite dropping from the sky. I will post altitude, others feel free to reply to this comment and post the altitude. There is a tracking page where you can see the current location of the satellite. They should be able to predict where it will fall now (which is likely to be the ocean) but who knows it could be a populated area as well:

-- tracking
http://www.n2yo.com/?s=34602

-- story of the satellite fall
http://www.nytimes.com/2013/11/07/science/space/s atellite-will-fall-to-earth-but-no-ones-sure-where .html

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Quoting 490. Patrap:
Even the Founding fathers were meticulous Weather recorders and Data keeper.

Esp Thomas Jefferson.

Weather Observations

For the more than fifty years that Thomas Jefferson was a systematic weather observer, Monticello was the focus of his efforts to understand the American climate. Well before 1776, the date of his earliest surviving meteorological diary, he was carefully assembling information on the weather of Virginia and making his own observations at Williamsburg and Monticello. The fruits of these endeavors appeared in the chapter on climate in his Notes on the State of Virginia, which, when published in 1785, established his membership in the international fraternity of scientists and natural philosophers.

From 1776 Jefferson kept a consistent and, with inevitable interruptions, continuous record of his weather observations, in America, in Europe, and even in the mid-Atlantic. His practices and those of National Weather Service observers today are basically the same: to measure precipitation and to record the daily temperature range. The modern station at Monticello requires one daily reading of two thermometers which indicate maximum and minimum temperatures for the preceding twenty-four hours. Jefferson had no need of a maximum-minimum thermometer because he rose every day at dawn, which he considered the coldest time of day.

He described his daily ritual, the results of which are illustrated in the page from his meteorological diary here reproduced, as follows: "My method is to make two observations a day, the one as early as possible in the morning, the other from 3. to 4. aclock, because I have found 4. aclock the hottest and day light the coldest point of the 24. hours. I state them in an ivory pocket book in the following form, and copy them out once a week.

The 1st. column is the day of the month.

The 2d. the thermometer in the morning. The 4th. do. in the evening.

The 3d. the weather in the morning. The 5th do. in the afternoon. The 6th is for miscellanies, such as the appearance of birds, leafing and flowering of trees, frosts remarkeably late or early, Aurora borealis, &c.

In the 3d. and 5th. columns, a. is after: c, cloudy: f, fair: h, hail: r, rain: s, snow. Thus c a r h s means, cloudy after rain, hail and snow.

Whenever it has rained, hailed or snowed between two observations I note it thus, f a r (i.e. fair after rain), c a s (cloudy after snow &c.) otherwise the falling weather would escape notation. I distinguish weather into fair or cloudy, according as the sky is more or less than half covered with clouds."
Oh Geese, now you are saying my yankee uncle invented weather prediction, and the primitive native Americans were oblivious to it's comings and goings. Were you Romney's campaign manager Pat?
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BTW, as there are some (bad!) news now coming in from Tacloban there is nothing yet to be heard from those twittering stormchasers Reynolds and Edds yet, and moreover any news from the landfalling area of Eastern Samar are lacking. Should be some helis in that area later, according to twitter news.

With this good night from Germany and best wishes for the Philippines!
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Quoting 496. Tsovinar:
LesBonsTemps, a few minutes ago if you checked Google News it had the New York Times saying "....appeared not to live up to fears that it would be a particularly deadly storm," and right below that the Jerusalem Post quoting Reuters reports that at least 100 had died.

According to multiple reports cell phone towers and other communications are down, so I think it may take awhile to get a clearer picture.

This is another report:

http://www.rappler.com/nation/43285-initial-repor ts-damage-tacloban-city
its to live up to its claim just need time for info to get out
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Quoting 491. TropicalAnalystwx13:

I'm going out on a limb (or maybe not so much) and saying that Haiyan was the strongest tropical cyclone ever observed. Its satellite presentation was unlike anything we've ever seen before. No Atlantic or East Pacific storm even comes close. Even some of the West Pacific typhoons that also scored T8.0 on the Dvorak scale -- Angela, Gay, Tip, etc -- looked pretty ragged compared to the monster we saw on satellite yesterday.

I'm going to say >200 mph, <880 millibars.


Haiyan yesterday was the strongest storm we've ever tracked without a doubt, much stronger than even Wilma.
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Quoting 489. Chicklit:
Who pissed off Mother Nature?


We Did!
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Quoting 496. Tsovinar:
LesBonsTemps, a few minutes ago if you checked Google News it had the New York Times saying "....appeared not to live up to fears that it would be a particularly deadly storm," and right below that the Jerusalem Post quoting Reuters reports that at least 100 had died.

According to multiple reports cell phone towers and other communications are down, so I think it may take awhile to get a clearer picture.

This is another report:

http://www.rappler.com/nation/43285-initial-repor ts-damage-tacloban-city


That shows just how far the New York Times has fallen, to make a statement like that.
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I remember when Katrina was just finishing up with her fury on the Gulf Coast many people were already reporting that a major bullet had been dodged. Human nature perhaps but it's best to wait until everything is seen until a judgement can be made. Maybe it isn't as bad as believed and the fatalities aren't as high. But that's all that can be hoped for even if it's unlikely. This storm has without a doubt destroyed businesses, cities, and lives regardless of how many people have managed to survive.
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CNN Breaking News ‏@cnnbrk 1m

Philippines coastal city of Tacloban took brunt of storm with water rising up to 50 feet. http://cnn.it/1beQwn8
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LesBonsTemps, a few minutes ago if you checked Google News it had the New York Times saying "....appeared not to live up to fears that it would be a particularly deadly storm," and right below that the Jerusalem Post quoting Reuters reports that at least 100 had died.

According to multiple reports cell phone towers and other communications are down, so I think it may take awhile to get a clearer picture.

This is another report:

http://www.rappler.com/nation/43285-initial-repor ts-damage-tacloban-city
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Tacloban: 'Barely any houses standing'
by Natashya Gutierrez
Posted on 11/09/2013 9:41 AM | Updated 11/09/2013 10:12 AM

MANILA, Philippines – Reports slowly trickling in from Tacloban City have raised concerns about the extent of damage the city received Saturday, November 9, a day after super typhoon Yolanda hit.

While communication remains limited and reports remain sketchy and inaccurate, National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) spokesman Rey Balido told dzMM radio in an interview on Saturday morning, they have gotten "initial contact" from their team in the city Friday night, November 8.

"They said the damage inflicted by super typhoon Yolanda was severe," he said in the interview. "They said there are barely any houses standing."

The city was previoulsy cut off completely from all contact to the outside world, and government officials were at a loss as to the extent of damage in the city.

Balido said a few buildings reportedly remain intact but that most houses were crushed by fallen trees. He said they are still trying to determine the exact number of casualties.

"Our team there said many died but they were unable to tell us how many," he said.

In a separate interview with radio dzBB, Secretary to the Cabinet Rene Almendras backed Balido's statement saying he also received reports of massive damage in Tacloban City, which led to the government's decision to send a C-130 flight with relief goods to the city.

"We are very concerned with the situation in Tacloban that is why (Social Welfare) Sec. (Dinky) Soliman is on the C-130 now flying to Tacloban," he said.

He also called for volunteers.

"We are at the stage of rescue and relief. Our priority right now is to bring relief goods," he said.

Meanwhile Capt John Andrews, Deputy Director General of the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP), told dzMM that clearing operations at the Tacloban City airport began at 5 am after airport operations there were completely down.

"The news I received is there was nothing left of the Tacloban airport but the runway," he said.

He said he also got reports of roughly 100 people presumed dead, "and that's only the count of bodies on the streets." ...
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Dr. Masters co-founded wunderground in 1995. He flew with the NOAA Hurricane Hunters from 1986-1990. Co-blogging with him: Bob Henson, @bhensonweather

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