Super Typhoon Haiyan

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  1. Catherine M

    Catherine M Well-Known Member

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    I've never seen anything like the images of Haiyan and I've been around tropical cyclones my whole life.

    Jeff Masters of Weather Underground hasn't seen anything like it either:

    http://www.wunderground.com/blog/JeffMasters/comment.html?entrynum=2572&page=1#commenttop

    I pray for the people in the Philippines in its path as it makes landfall in the coming hours. I hope the estimates of 60 foot storm surge end up being wrong as that would reach 2004 Tsunami levels of destruction.
     
  2. Dr.Siouxs

    Dr.Siouxs Well-Known Member

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    Very scary...
     
  3. Buzz

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    Just heard about it on the news. Hope everyone in it's path stay safe and dry.
     
  4. milanessa

    milanessa engaged to dupa

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    Look at that eye! :eek:
     
  5. peibeck

    peibeck Letting Poje be on top

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    108 hours of rain expected on top of of the typhoon conditions! :yikes:
     
  6. barbk

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    I hope people evacuated from the most threatened areas.
     
  7. Catherine M

    Catherine M Well-Known Member

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    A couple of American storm chasers working for the Discovery Channel were tweeting earlier that in Tacloban City (which is going to take a direct hit) people didn't really seem to know how bad it was going to be and that some were even moving around to go to work instead of seeking shelter. The storm chasers haven't been heard from in a couple of hours so they must be in the middle of it all right now.
     
  8. snowbird

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    Prayers for those poor people of The Philippines.
     
  9. LilJen

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    It sounds really, really bad. Wind speeds of like 180 mph and gusts over 200 mph.
     
  10. Catherine M

    Catherine M Well-Known Member

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    First place Haiyan hit was Palau and pictures are slowly starting to come out from there and its not good.

    I can't imagine what the small city of Guiuan will be like tomorrow as that's where the eye wall first made landfall. Praying that help comes quickly to those that need it, either from the government or aid agencies in the region.
     
  11. dardar1126

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    This is a terrible weather event; that storm is larger than Katrina was! :eek: Hoping for the best for the people of the Philippines.
     
  12. elka_sk8

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    Holy crap that is one monster storm :eek: how awful for the Philippines. And heading towards Vietnam next.
     
  13. Lara

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    Not good. :(

    The images look awful already. Thoughts and prayers for everyone there.
     
  14. FGRSK8

    FGRSK8 In Search of a Lost Chord

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    This system is stronger than the previous record which was Camille in 1969 which had winds of 190 mph with gusts to 210 mph

    This system had winds of 195 mph with gusts to 220 mph.
     
  15. merrywidow

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    My daughter-in-law's family lives in Tacloban City. We are praying for them & all the citizens.
     
  16. skatesindreams

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    Let us know if you hear any updates.
     
  17. barbk

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    I hope your daughter-in-law's family is safe, merrywidow.

    Scary, scary storm.
     
  18. skatemommy

    skatemommy Well-Known Member

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    our church supports missionary's in the area. Heard from them before the storm but not since. Please post updates and I will too. Thank you.
     
  19. Catherine M

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    News from Tacloban is pretty bad. Looks like it took the brunt of the northern eye wall which caused a massive storm surge.

    One of the storm chasers was injured rescuing a woman and is being evacuated out, along with other injured people.
     
  20. FGRSK8

    FGRSK8 In Search of a Lost Chord

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    Looking at the path that this system took through the northern Philippines, the size of the system, the winds involved, and the fact there are lots of very small islands, I fear we are looking at a death toll of 5000-10,000.

    The strongest sustained wind I have so far seen observed is 147 mph with gusts to near 200 mph, which means Camille is still the strongest.

    I hope all countries are rushing aid into the region as quickly as possible. The big item that will be needed will be helicopters to get to the small remote islands.
     
  21. Catherine M

    Catherine M Well-Known Member

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    Merrywidow -- any word from your family in Tacloban?
     
  23. Garden Kitty

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    I had read reports that the damage wasn't as bad as expected due to the storm moving quickly, so I was very saddened to see today's fatality reports. Prayers for all the people impacted and the rescuers trying to help people. So tragic.
     
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    The picture in slide 15 in incredible.
     
  26. Simone411

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    You're right about slide 15 being incredible. It's a monstrosity. My thoughts and prayers for the people there.
     
  27. Coco

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    This is horrifying, worse than the 2004/2005 tsunami even. I hope countries send aid quickly.
     
  28. myhoneyhoney

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    I'm feeling lucky, my family is a few towns north of Subic Bay and are ok. Best regards to your loved ones, Merrywidow, I hope they are ok too.
     
  29. Garden Kitty

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    It's hard to grasp the level of loss and destruction. Does anyone know a good way to send a donation? Any local agencies providing relief on location ?
     
  30. LadyNit

    LadyNit moving right along Staff Member

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