Strongest Landfalling Storm on RecordHere, we call the hurricanes. There, it's typhoons. Whatever the name of the systems, this tropical system, Super Typhoon Haiyan, is a history maker, and not in a good way. Here, the massive storm would be a high end category five. (Cat 5 starts at 165 mph.)
|visible satellite image courtesy NOAA, NASA|
There are massive power outages, homes and other buildings have been swamped by storm surge, and there is an unconfirmed report of an entire hotel collapsing. Those are just preliminary reports, since phone lines are down, making it impossible to reach many areas.
Preparations were extensive. Nearly three quarters of a million people were evacuated. Let's hope the shelters stand up. The military is on standby for the aftermath, which isn't going to be pretty. There are ships, helicopters, and cargo planes ready to go.
Our prayers are with the people of the Philippines today.