Haiyan has finished tearing through the Philippines today and will have its eyes set next on Vietnam this weekend. Super Typhoon Haiyan hit the island of Samar at 4:40 am local time on November 7th. Based on satellite data, the Joint Typhoon Warning Center estimated Haiyan’s winds to be sustained between 190 to 195 mph at landfall. This makes Super Typhoon Haiyan the strongest tropical cyclone on record to make landfall in world history. The previous record holder was actually in the Atlantic and came ashore in Mississippi back in 1969. That was Hurricane Camille and was packing winds of 190 mph. Haiyan is believed to be the fourth strongest tropical cyclone ever. Super Typhoon Nancy from back in 1961 is the strongest with winds of 215 mph and a central pressure of 882 millibars.
Check out this incredible satellite photo of the eye and eye-wall of Haiyan taken not too long before landfall. This is pretty much a perfect eye. It’s so symmetrical and round. It’s very incredible but very scary!
Here’s a visible satellite animation of Super Typhoon Haiyan. What a monster!
Hurricane Katrina was a very strong hurricane for us back in 2005 and like Haiyan made it to Category 5 strength. Its peak intensity was 175 mph. Could you imagine the devastation if a storm like Haiyan had hit where Katrina did? Here’s a side-by-side comparison. Unreal!
For more information on how the Philippines is doing after the storm, here’s an article from NBC News.