The Biggest Storm in the World This Year Is Headed for the Philippines

Friday morning landfall expected for Super Typhoon Haiyan

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Typhoon Haiyan is pictured in this NOAA satellite handout image taken November 6, 2013 at 23:13 UTC.

Super typhoon Haiyan, likely the strongest storm to form on the planet this year, is heading toward a Friday morning landfall in the Philippines, posing an extremely serious threat to the central part of the archipelago.

The storm is near its theoretical maximum strength, with sustained winds of 290 kph, and is not expected to weaken significantly, due to very warm water temperatures along its path, reports the Washington Post.

(MORE: Supertyphoon Haiyan Smashes Into The Philippines)

Haiyan, known as Yolanda in the Philippines, is likely to push a storm surge of at least two or three meters along the eastern coast of southern Luzon and Samar islands, and will impact the area that was ravaged by the 7.1 magnitude earthquake in mid-October.

[Washington Post]

117 comments
lookinmoon
lookinmoon

Oh please people, the USA has more blood and sin than most of these countries combined. My prayers go out to these people. This is not a time to sit and argue about how God sent this. I can assure you that these storms are created by our own will. We have handed the controls over to our governments giving them the power to use weather modification programs since the late 90's. they are only getting worse. Look into cloud seeding, Project harp...ect. Stop letting these people brainwash us. We need to unite! There are 1000's dead. This is not a time to point fingers for God says do not judge! Instead love, look into volunteering or donating and please pray and meditate that love heals all wounds.

DennisTrinidad
DennisTrinidad

Philippines the ONLY Christian Nation in Asia with a predominantly Roman Catholic population.This is a WAKE UP CALL to all Christian believers. The passage that appears below, written by Paul the Apostle nearly 2000 years ago, is remarkably up to date. If people reject God, His guidance, and the way of escape through His Son Jesus, the results are bad for individuals and society and will end in judgement. 

"The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of men who suppress the truth by their wickedness, since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them. For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities — his eternal power and divine nature — have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse. For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened. Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images made to look like mortal man and birds and animals and reptiles. Therefore God gave them over in the sinful desires of their hearts to sexual impurity for the degrading of their bodies with one another. They exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator — who is forever praised. Amen. Because of this, God gave them over to shameful lusts. Even their women exchanged natural relations for unnatural ones. In the same way the men also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed with lust for one another. Men committed indecent acts with other men, and received in themselves the due penalty for their perversion. Furthermore, since they did not think it worthwhile to retain the knowledge of God, he gave them over to a depraved mind, to do what ought not to be done. They have become filled with every kind of wickedness, evil, greed and depravity. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit and malice. They are gossips, slanderers, God-haters, insolent, arrogant and boastful; they invent ways of doing evil; they disobey their parents; they are senseless, faithless, heartless, ruthless. Although they know God’s righteous decree that those who do such things deserve death, they not only continue to do these very things but also approve of those who practice them. (Romans1: 18-32)

"If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land." (II Chronicles 7:14) 


locust
locust

In a season of suffering, we may question God’s intentions. But sometimes His plans for deliverance are greater than our desire for relief.

locust
locust

i created the storm, but i am not with the storm.

chiefman47
chiefman47

For what good it does my love goes out to all the people affected by this storm.  Does anyone know how to volunteer and go help these people with action and not just words, or at the very least what is needed to help and where to send it?

JeraldJan
JeraldJan

lets [ray for my country im so shocked please help my fellow filipino

spinachbutter
spinachbutter

I wish everyone would give God a BREAK! For pete's sake, he didn't do anything! He could have saved all of you if he could be bothered enough to lift a finger, or cast all of you to hell if that's what he wanted, like how some of you say this is some sort of a punishment from him. And also, will you stop reading God's mind and putting words in his mouth? You think he thinks the way you do? Well you wish. So leave dear God alone and for the last time, he has completely nothing to do with this Haiyan incident.

weepck
weepck

"Nothing Fails like Prayer"

I remember a quote a heard year's ago  "yes god answers all my prayers.although, the answer is no 99% of the time".

Social factors  play a fundamental role in determining how communication with the supernatural manifests itself  by

influencing the reasons people pray. I am amazed how many people still believe  god  creates natural disasters as a means of revenge.

We still pray to end  hunger,  war, and heal amputees,when will our society see the smoke and mirrors of religion, fear,

and superstition in our modern world.

VoiceofThunder
VoiceofThunder

The Philippines is not pleasing to God due to the corruption and love of Money, the very Mark of Mammon itself is held so highly in Philippines and many perform evils saying to themselves I am poor it is ok for me to do, no it is not you shall be treated the same as the rich when do evils their is no excuse both shall be cast into HELL. The storm is from the adversary Satan but comes because of the sins of Philippines their is consequences to sin and loving money has a big cost. It will be worse for whole world soon for the great tribulation will come like a whirlwind when least expected and the nations shall mourn in the day the Sun darkens as sackcloth and the whole planet earth shakes as a drunkard, woe unto world in that day for a third of sinners have been claimed by Satan by the hand of death. Do not think death is the door to life, the dead do not enter into Heaven but the living, hence why it is said the Resurrection of the righteous and they whom remain to see the day of Light which cometh at end of the tribulation. It is written woes cometh upon world like never before seen for a reason the great tribulation to come when Antichrist arises to rule will be the most horrific time ever experienced by humanity, people will suffer and die and their suffering does not even end in death. This is the consequence for mankind turning their back on God which is the only protection from the darkness which surrounds earth, mankind knows not were earth is or how far away from higher realms they have falling, it is only by the grace of the Son of God that not every soul on earth is not already in the condemnation of HELL. Few shall be found worth at first to enter into heaven for even many whom believe are hypocrites in eyes of God, lacking the righteousness to enter and remain in shame will they be with the unbelievers in nakedness of their sins.  The time to come is when the protection of God is lifted from the world and the keys are in hands of Satan for truly it is his kingdom but God has prevented him from ruling in full until a time appointed known by all in underworld awaiting are the legions of evil spirits for that time appointed when Sun darkens as sackcloth and pit is opened. My final word unto all reading this is to repent you time is up things are coming sooner than you think and how I know will remain a mystery for now.  Only the righteous shall inherit the kingdom of God, they whom are selfless, kind, humble, meek and walking in foot steps of Christ, the hypocrites will have their part in the lake with the wicked.

rutoft64
rutoft64

Yes I am making it political. Because it is. The storms have been getting worse year after year. 90% of the scientists say that it is man made. Now I know you do not know more then 90%. That is political and that is Republicans. They are no good. But America and the world are now seeing their true faces.

rutoft64
rutoft64

Now I don't know what you talking about. What has gay got to do with a storm. As far as my dad, he been gong for 51 years. Methinks you have  had  to much pop to drink, or you are smoking those funny cigarettes  

megasmiles
megasmiles

Does anyone know how to contact rescue/aid there?  My father traveled there on the 3rd, and I have now way to contact him.  I'm afraid I will never hear word good or bad....

ShawnEllis
ShawnEllis

It's a shame when arguing over what religion you are dominates a very serious situtation like this... I just wish that we dont lose to many lifes and it doesn't cause to much pain in that country ... personally i dont care what religion you are .... lets worry about how we can help them instead.... shame on all of you ...

StevenSmith1
StevenSmith1

To all the God lovers out there please read the first of the ten commandments and you will see where you are all going wrong. God claims to be very vengeful person to those who worship anyone else than him. So all be clever Catholics and pray to Mary (said very sarcastically). If you understood the commandments and your families did you may not be in this situation. God is vengeful and this is his wrath to millions who worship Mary over him. Enjoy

WillaMaeMacadagum
WillaMaeMacadagum

A lot of people in the Philippines are poor and can't afford to get out! They are constantly being bombarded with typhoon after typhoon and landslides and floods.

deadweasel
deadweasel

So... let me get this straight...

God is more powerful than a typhoon.  God will just miracle that thing away and save anybody who asks, because he's all about fulfilling peoples' wishes for physical safety.

But wait.. I thought God was responsible for all of creation and everything that happens within it.  If that's so, didn't he send the storm in the first place?  I suppose an argument could be made as this event being proof of his existence when the storm doesn't simply evaporate before causing loss of life, but seriously people, I don't care what your theological beliefs are, one particular quote has always applied to Christian beliefs: "God helps those who help themselves."

If you're a believer, why are you sitting around posting about prayers instead of DOING something about the situation?  Sitting in your chair and praying won't do a darned thing and (most of) you know it.  How about finding better shelter?  How about looking into getting out of there until the storm has passed?

Don't presume to just hand over your fate to a higher power.  You're supposed to be capable of making your own decisions, so DO EVERYTHING YOU CAN to MAKE yourselves safe.  After you've done everything humanly possible, THEN you can pray (aka: Hope for the Best).

CarissaSeverinoArmas
CarissaSeverinoArmas

jesus has a reason kung bkt ngyayari ang mga gani2ng bgay ngaun,,kya wag makakalimut  2mawag sa taas  kya tayo ay magdasal plague...palague tandaan ,ang salita ng dyos ... john 3/16-17....ganyan ang pagmamahal nia sa tin...

MaryJaneCabatuanMacahis
MaryJaneCabatuanMacahis

pry lang tayo mga pilipino pryer is best weapon.and keep safe must be prepared.GOD BLESS PILIPINOs PEOPLE

#kapitBisig

marianimfa601
marianimfa601

@lookinmoon ..........but there are a lot of true Christians in America. God is saying to us, wake up!

Jaysan
Jaysan

@DennisTrinidad I am from the Philippines. I have relatives and friends in Tacloban who suffered because of the storm. I am a Roman Catholic all my life, my parents are, and almost all of my relatives are. But I agree with you. I sensed that it is the wrath and fury of God against a pagan nation such as ours. 

chiefman47
chiefman47

@VoiceofThunder The entire world is not pleasing to God so don't harden your hart. The truth is God has promised to bring back to life all those who chose him and not death in his new earth and kingdom what you are seeing is the passing away of this earth and we must drink the cup put in front of us, so God can bring an end to the corruption we caused. The hard truth is God said if you eat of this fruit you shall die (meaning he will let it happen)and so we shall and the earth with us. The good news is God has the power to make you live again if your reconciled to him by his anointed Jesus of Nazareth.

concernedandcaring
concernedandcaring

@VoiceofThunder I feel sorry for you as you spout out all of these conclusions. It seems you have forgotten one of God's most important teachings "Thou shall not judge." Who are you to say why this tragedy has happened? God sometimes allows bad things to happen to even the best of people. By your logic, every single person who has something bad happen to them is being punished. Every innocent child on this earth who has fallen ill with Cancer or Lukemia among others has fallen so because they are being punished? This is your logic. You are not God and it is not your place to spout out blasphemy as to why something so tragic could occur. You shame every true Christian in your cruel and heartless accusations. I hope you search for love in your heart and find it there. I do feel sorry for people like you...I know you only say these things because you are unhappy inside. I will pray for you.


iamcatholic
iamcatholic

@ShawnEllis i agree with you on urgently helping those affected by this typhoon. however, some people can't help but insult others who don't share the same faith with them. seriously, do these people really have to gloat at other people's sufferings now, just because they don't go to the same church or practice the same religion? 

TM_43
TM_43

@StevenSmith1 How "christian" of you to say things like these. If this is what a "christian" is and should be like, then maybe you should take a look at yourself first before judging others who may have different beliefs than that of yours.

May I just educate you that Catholics do not worship and pray to false gods. We only pray to God. We do not pray to Mary or to other saints (or idols) as you would call them, we ask her and them to intercede in our prayers- to PRAY FOR US. That is different from praying TO her. If you read the bible, the greeting of Angel Gabriel and St. Elizabeth to Mary is what we say when we ask her to intercede-- "'Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with You, blessed are you among women and blessed is the fruit of your womb, Jesus.' Holy Mary Mother of God, PRAY FOR US sinners, now and at the hour of our death." This, in any way, doesn't say that we pray TO her.

The next time you confidently say something which you do not have even the slightest idea about, get your facts straight first.

greysiyel07
greysiyel07

@deadweasel Nobody expected the storm (unless you did). Philippines consist of thousand of islands, you cannot just travel from one to another that easily in such short notice. Easy for you to say those words since you're not in their shoes.  Such comments really makes me sad... We will pray for you too.

rp
rp

@deadweasel if you're not doing anything to help those in need and have no plans of doing so, please don't discourage them of their hope... wish you were in their shoes! just shut up!

ranzcelinestar
ranzcelinestar

@deadweasel How did you know that we're just sitting and doing nothing? Oh that's the problem, you really don't know anything. GOD BLESS YOU.

joeland0208
joeland0208

@deadweasel dude, what on earth are you trying to imply? People are too busy posting prayers instead of doing something? Why? Can you stop disasters from occuring? They're inevitable, right?  Well if you can, you come here and face Haiyan if you like. Stop trying to make presumptuous ideas like you know how to stop cyclones from happening. 

Right now, all people can do is pray. Can't you just respect that? So, don't lecture others how they should proclaim their fate. It's not your mind, it's theirs. 

You're a one hell of a closed minded freak! (aka: Thanks for hoping.)

k.t.
k.t.

@deadweasel 

God helps those who help themselves so we pray that God lets us see the strength within ourselves and take action upon it.

Yes, there are those who will sit around and pray and wait for God to provide a miracle, but they are not the majority. Though, they do get a lot of attention... Like you said, prayer is very much like hope and hope can be a powerful thing - it's what gets us through life after all.

We don't know what the future holds, so WE HOPE for the best. WE HOPE that we'll have the strength to help those in need, whether it is something as small as donating to disaster relief agencies, or as much as helping directly. WE HOPE that God will instill in our loved ones over in the Philippines the strength, willpower, and reason to make it out of this typhoon without harm. WE HOPE that those with more power and resources than us will be kind enough to help out as well.

By assuming that everyone who prays to whatever deity is just sitting around on their asses isn't or will not take any action is as judgmental as me telling you what a judgmental and SELF-RIGHTEOUS ass you're being.

In this little comment box, tell me exactly what you did that could've helped out the victims of this upcoming disaster. NOTHING. So what is your problem? DID YOU NOT TAKE THE SAME AMOUNT OF TIME OUT OF YOUR DAY TO WRITE YOUR SPITEFUL & JUDGMENTAL COMMENT AS THOSE WHO WROTE OUT THEIR PRAYERS. 

So what is wrong with gathering and raising HOPE/PRAYER here?  We're all expressing our care/concerns about this matter. Tell me what is so wrong about that. 

JesusFreak1973
JesusFreak1973

@deadweasel We are to trust in the Lord God with all our hearts... He said if we asked and believe in him he would save us (YES) from our sins.. we would be made new and not suffer the consequences that others will face for not believing in him... I know that  death and destruction we see looks like its Gods fault but there are a lot of demonic powers alive on this earth that contribute to the destruction of so many lives... We are to follow Yeshua (Jesus) even to the death ... God told Noah there was going to be a flood and for 100 + yeas he warned people and no one believed him and the ones that did were saved and the ones that didn't were not...see there is more to God than people even imagine . Yes he is just and Good, he loves us and mourns when one is lost , but he gave us free will so we choose our destinies( Heaven) or (Hell) and for those who do not believe in Yeshua (Jesus) I will pray that your eyes will be opened and you will see the love of our Father God Creator of all things.. Also prophecy is written and all things shall come to pass and if anyone reads Revelation in the Bible they will see the hour is upon us and his coming is nearer than one thinks...before one says no one knows the hour or day let me tell you that his people knows such day and how close that hour is... the saved the believers.. they see the signs that were written and we know !! May the Lord God Almighty watch over all mankind and may people take heed all warnings whether it be for a natural disaster, emanate dangers of war, or for the coming of the Lord!!!!

TheJadPapa
TheJadPapa

@deadweasel Don't assume that they aren't doing anything. You are a lazy person judging peoples belief. God is a creator of humanity not fate. Go see the movie The Day After Tomorrow. It may help you better understand what situation we are in right now. All of us. You think praying doesn't help? You think that faith isn't helping? You can't blame God for natural disasters when we are shaping our planet to our own satisfaction. Don't ever think that pray doesn't help it is better than sleep. It is better than meditation. Prayer is the one thing that fills the need of every human being, communication, faith and attention. Whether God is real or not, believing that someone or something can save you is better than living and relying on your own power.


chiefman47
chiefman47

@concernedandcaring It is judge not that you be not judged for with the judgment you judge, you will be judged and with the measure you use it will be measured back to you.  I agree with him on most points however we are called to love our brother, some would say that just means our Christian bothers and sisters but Jesus teaches otherwise see the good Samaritan parable. the cold hearted citation was not the best way to say it but it true God is letting us reap our fruits, we have a true need for repentance you still MUST have Love though, not to coldly turn your backs on them for we share the blame though adam until God makes all things new again.

concernedandcaring
concernedandcaring

You are an embarrassment to Christian's like myself who do not judge others as that is not our job. God says several times in the bible not to judge others. Who are you to judge a Catholic? That is God's job.



greysiyel07
greysiyel07

@StevenSmith1 @JarreGromea Taunting or saying bad things about other's religion won't make your religion any better, Mr. Smith. I hope you help those who are affected as much as you type and taunt. Let us pray for you too. :)

iamcatholic
iamcatholic

@ocsavenisky:  it's you who must wake up. we pray to and worship God. we don't have any other gods. period. if you have some time to spare, you can read TM_43's comment below. 

StevenSmith1
StevenSmith1

@rp @StevenSmith1 @iamcatholic Why it's not from God. Stop worshiping false idles from prying to mary, to following message from joseph prince. Please please understand Christianity and read the bible don't just follow blindly

ocsavenisky
ocsavenisky

@iamcatholic  Steve is right "Thou shalt not pray other god before me because am a jealous God" meaning ...you should pray to the right God (not small god, big god, saint god etc, this is the god that you people make but it is up to you to wake up or not)  

iamcatholic
iamcatholic

self righteous, huh? are you sure you're really following the 10 commandments? then what is this comment for? shame on you! these Filipinos have been through all kinds of natural disasters and they stood up through everything. why? because of their faith. how about you? what's your proof of your faith? your so-called "following the 10 commandments"? you're no different from the pharisees. hypocrite and pitiful!