Supertyphoon Haiyan Smashes Into The Philippines

Reports of "vast devastation" in city of Tacloban as gusts reach 275 kph

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A house is engulfed by the storm surge brought about by Supertyphoon Haiyan that hit the city of Legazpi, in Albay province, about 325 miles south of Manila, Nov. 8, 2013

Update, Nov. 08, 9:11 ET:

Officials say that there have been more than 100 deaths so far in the wake of supertyphoon Haiyan (known as Yolanda in the Philippines). Despite making five landfalls, the storm has maintained its strength and steady westward pace, and will affect the capital Manila with heavy rain and harsh winds at 5 or 6 pm local time. Haiyan is expected to exit the Philippine Area of Responsibility early Saturday morning (local time) and continue toward Vietnam, however with diminished power.

A total of 453 flights, 445 domestic and eight international, have been cancelled.

Haiyan is reported to have surpassed the Dvorak scale, commonly used to estimate typhoon intensity. According to Dr. Jeff Masters at wunderground.com, Haiyan made landfall at 310 kph, making it the strongest typhoon to reach land in recorded history.

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Supertyphoon Haiyan , the strongest storm to form on the planet this year, pounded into central Philippines at 4.40 am on Friday, threatening more than 12 million people along its path.

Images from Samar island, where the storm first made landfall, show blinding sheets of rain, roofs thrashing around like wayward kites, roads filling up with debris from an almost five meter high storm surge and witnesses speaking of a terrifying roar as wind gusts reach 275 kph.

“We have received reports of vast devastation in the city of Tacloban,” says Minnie Portales, director of public engagement at the Christian humanitarian organization World Vision. “People are fearing for their lives.”

About a million people have already been evacuated from their homes, but in Bohol, where a massive earthquake claimed over two hundred lives in mid-October, people have been wary of seeking shelter.

“People are afraid of going into enclosed places, they’ve been living with aftershocks for more than three weeks,” says Aaron Aspi, Emergency Communications Specialist at World Vision in Bohol.

Bohol is on the second highest hurricane alert, but still an unknown number of the at least five thousand people living in tents since the earthquake have stayed put.

“They live in a dilemma,” says Aspi. “Some of the evacuation centers have been compromised by the earthquake, but there are also risks along the roadside leading there. There are imminent threats of landslides, roads have been damaged and bridges weakened.”

Power has been shut down in the central province of Cebu, as the storm, which goes by the name of Yolanda in the Philippines, made landfall there at 9.40 and 10.40 local time.

Food packs and health kits have been readied for the population, and the army and police are on alert to supply emergency services, but all actions are being hampered by damaged infrastructure, the inability to use water or air transportation and the difficulty of communicating with affected areas.

The Philippine government has forecast that there will be a huge need for water and food, and that there will be an immense impact on people’s livelihoods, as the storm wreaks havoc on an impoverished population’s agriculture.

By the evening, the center of the 600 km wide Haiyan is expected to be in the vicinity of Coron, Palawan, in western Philippines.

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212 comments
SallLeo
SallLeo

The Almighty Allah says: "( 101 )   And We did not wrong them, but they wronged themselves. And they were not availed at all by their gods which they invoked other than Allah when there came the command of your Lord. And they did not increase them in other than ruin. ( 102 )   And thus is the seizure of your Lord when He seizes the cities while they are committing wrong. Indeed, His seizure is painful and severe. ( 103 )   Indeed in that is a sign for those who fear the punishment of the Hereafter. That is a Day for which the people will be collected, and that is a Day [which will be] witnessed. ( 104 )   And We do not delay it except for a limited term. ( 105 )   The Day it comes no soul will speak except by His permission. And among them will be the wretched and the prosperous. ( 106 )   As for those who were [destined to be] wretched, they will be in the Fire. For them therein is [violent] exhaling and inhaling. ( 107 )   [They will be] abiding therein as long as the heavens and the earth endure, except what your Lord should will. Indeed, your Lord is an effecter of what He intends. ( 108 )   And as for those who were [destined to be] prosperous, they will be in Paradise, abiding therein as long as the heavens and the earth endure, except what your Lord should will - a bestowal uninterrupted." Quran 11: 101 - 108

SallLeo
SallLeo

Allah, The Only God, The Absolute, The One, The Almighty says in His Holy Quran: " 16 )   And when We intend to destroy a city, We command its affluent but they defiantly disobey therein; so the word comes into effect upon it, and We destroy it with [complete] destruction." Quran 17:16

SallLeo
SallLeo

This is Allah's power that no man could stop with all the technology men have in this world. Glory be to Allah, The Almighty

Cristiano Alejandro Parra
Cristiano Alejandro Parra

No offense intended, but you're mistaken. The damage and loss are catastrophic, and this is just a factual misunderstanding. There were no winds recorded greater than 235 mph.

GigaHelpCeo
GigaHelpCeo

This was done by HAARP, look at the 2012 typhoon both start on the same spot and head the same direction!!!

Neman Nasawa
Neman Nasawa

I am unhappy to see this nation in such great disaster.

Yan  Tam
Yan Tam

Prayers for all from HONG KONG

Leyla Harcha
Leyla Harcha

it's scary how powerless we are when it comes to Nature ... god bless Philippines ...

Malachi Fulfillment
Malachi Fulfillment

Thus said the HOLY GOD ALMIGHTY YISRAEL: Horror comes, and they shall seek safety, but there shall be none. Calamity shall follow calamity, and rumor follow rumor. Then they shall seek vision from the false prophet in vain; instruction shall perish from the wicked priest, and counsel from the wicked elders, declares the HOLY GOD ALMIGHTY YISRAEL. (Ezekiel 7:25-26) Thus said the HOLY GOD ALMIGHTY YISRAEL: But the wicked people are like the troubled sea which cannot rest, whose waters toss up mire and mud. There is no safety for the wicked people, declares the HOLY GOD ALMIGHTY YISRAEL. (Isaiah 57:20-21) Death is the destiny of all the wicked, of all those people who ignore the HOLY GOD ALMIGHTY YISRAEL, declares the HOLY GOD ALMIGHTY YISRAEL. (Psalms 9:18) Indeed, all the earth is Mine, declares the HOLY GOD ALMIGHTY YISRAEL. (SHEMOT 19:5) Hallelujah! Praise our HOLY GOD ALMIGHTY YISRAEL now, forever and ever. Hallelujah!

Max Kz
Max Kz

275 mph. I can imagine everyone doing the superman in reverse. Be safe everyone there!

Linda Brown
Linda Brown

Tragic! Prays for all those effected.

Linda Vida
Linda Vida

This is a terrible thing. Supertyphoon never felt until this one. All my prayers to all who were hit by. I am with you all.....my heart, my life is feeling sad.....god bless them all.

Zia Ul-Haq
Zia Ul-Haq

This catastrophy comes from Allah so that mankind returns to Him

SallLeo
SallLeo

@Jackie Florian The Almighty Allah says: "( 101 )   And We did not wrong them, but they wronged themselves. And they were not availed at all by their gods which they invoked other than Allah when there came the command of your Lord. And they did not increase them in other than ruin. ( 102 )   And thus is the seizure of your Lord when He seizes the cities while they are committing wrong. Indeed, His seizure is painful and severe. ( 103 )   Indeed in that is a sign for those who fear the punishment of the Hereafter. That is a Day for which the people will be collected, and that is a Day [which will be] witnessed. ( 104 )   And We do not delay it except for a limited term. ( 105 )   The Day it comes no soul will speak except by His permission. And among them will be the wretched and the prosperous. ( 106 )   As for those who were [destined to be] wretched, they will be in the Fire. For them therein is [violent] exhaling and inhaling. ( 107 )   [They will be] abiding therein as long as the heavens and the earth endure, except what your Lord should will. Indeed, your Lord is an effecter of what He intends. ( 108 )   And as for those who were [destined to be] prosperous, they will be in Paradise, abiding therein as long as the heavens and the earth endure, except what your Lord should will - a bestowal uninterrupted." Quran 11: 101 - 108