One of the most intense tropical cyclones in world history is making its final approach on the Philippines today. With winds sustained at an incredible 195 mph and gusts up to an unreal 235 mph, the damage to parts of the Philippines will be catastrophic and devastating. These numbers are as of the Noon advisory. Strong winds, heavy rain, and a deadly storm surge are all huge threats to the people of the Philippines. Officials are predicting a significant loss of life due to the storm and catastrophic damage.
Super Typhoon Haiyan will be the 5th named storm to hit the Philippines this year. It's been a busy tropical season for the country. Even this past Monday, soils were saturated from a tropical depression that moved through the area. This forecast model below is showing a 50 mile swath that will see 8 or more inches of rainfall from Haiyan. Flooding will be a huge threat to the country. In the Philippines, they are calling this storm Yolanda.
Super Typhoon Haiyan will likely remain a category 5 as it moves through the Philippines. Haiyan should at least level off in strength or weaken slighty, but it will still be a very destructive typhoon as it moves through the islands. The forecast for Super Typhoon Haiyan is to gradually weaken as we go into the weekend before making landfall in Vietnam.
Super Typhoon Haiyan is the strongest storm to form this year. The appearance on radar is incredible! The storm is perfection with its structure. They eye is piercing and solid. Unfortunately, Haiyan's beauty doesn't translate to what's going on at the surface. It's plain scary under the clouds. The last Category 5 to hit the Philippines was last December that left over 1,900 people dead and damages of 1.7 billion dollars. It was the costliest natural disaster for the country. I can only hope that Haiyan will not be the new record holder, but it does not look good That storm had winds of 175 mph when it made landfall. Haiyan is stronger. This is a very serious situation for the country and will be a big news maker over the next several days.
The Philippines are surrounded by the most typhoon prone waters in the world. It's very rare that a year goes by without the country being hit by a typhoon. This year has sadly been a very active year for the country. Thoughts and prayers go out to the people of the Philippines.