By: Portlight , 3:29 PM GMT on November 06, 2013
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Helicopters fly over the Typhoon Devastated City of Taclobon in the Philippines
Super Typhoon Hiayan has ripped through the Pacific Ocean with devastating force equivalent to a category 5 hurricane. Friday 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.
Portlight has begun to reach out to disability organizations to provide durable medical equipment. International relief work is very expensive because of shipping costs. This storm has the potential to be one of the most expensive and disastrous typhoons ever.
We need your help to provide this aid to those affected by this super typhoon.
Thank you for your support and we will keep you updated on our progress
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