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Super Typhoon a Serious Threat to the Philippines

Rain totals along the path of Haiyan could reach 8 to 14 inches
Updated Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2013, 5:28 p.m. ET

(NOAA)

Strengthening Super Typhoon Haiyan (local name Yolanda) is posing a serious threat to lives and property across the Philippines.

Haiyan became a super typhoon Wednesday morning, local time, with maximum sustained winds of 240 kph (150 mph), and now this exceptionally dangerous storm has strengthened into the strongest tropical system in the world for the 2013 season as estimated by wind speed and central pressure.

Those winds increased to 280 kph (nearly 175 mph), making Haiyan equal to that of an extremely powerful Category 5 hurricane in the Atlantic.

With its current track, Haiyan will cross over the Philippines Friday through Friday night with its strength equivalent to a Category 5 or a strong Category 4 hurricane.

Super Typhoon Haiyan

Haiyan should top Utor as the strongest typhoon to hit the Philippines this year.

"Three storms [Nari, Utor and Krosa] have crossed the Philippines at typhoon strength so far this year. All three tracked across Luzon, while Haiyan is headed toward the central Philippines," stated AccuWeather.com Meteorologist Eric Wanenchak.

Rain and wind will increase across the east-central Philippines Thursday night (local time) with conditions deteriorating from east to west Friday through Friday night as the powerful typhoon crosses the islands.


Widespread torrential rain and damaging winds will accompany Haiyan through the centralPhilippines, threatening to leave a trail of destruction and triggering life-threatening flash floods.

Rain totals along the path of Haiyan could top 200 mm (8 inches). Mudslides are a serious concern in the higher terrain, where localized totals of 250 to 300 mm (10 to 12 inches) are not out of the question.

The expected track of Haiyan will take it directly over the areas hardest hit by a powerful 7.1 magnitude earthquake that killed more than 150 people in the middle of October.

Haiyan will also produce a severe and inundating storm surge, especially along the eastern coast of southern Luzon and Samar islands.

Residents are urged to take the necessary precautions now ahead of Haiyan's approach and heed all evacuation orders issued by local officials.

The worst of the storm will bypass the capital city of Manila, but damaging winds of 80 to 120 kph (50 to 75 mph) and rainfall of 100 to 200 mm (4 to 8 inches) are still expected.

RELATED:
Philippines Weather Center
AccuWeather West Pacific Tropical Center
Detailed Forecast for Manila


This satellite image of Haiyan, courtesy of NOAA, was taken Thursday morning, local time.

After slamming the Philippines, Haiyan will remain a dangerous cyclone as it emerges into the South China Sea and continues to move to the west-northwest on Saturday.

The eventual track of Haiyan will bring the storm toward Vietnam by late Sunday into Monday.

These areas will receive multiple rounds of heavy rainfall leading up to the approach of Haiyan as rainfall from former Typhoon Krosa and Tropical Storm 30W will soak the region.

Thus, any additional heavy rainfall from Haiyan early next week will quickly lead to flooding and mudslide threats.

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Antisheep

damn all you christ fags are annoying./

November 08 2013 at 4:11 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
mawmawsandra2

i pray that GOD put a hand on yall and keeps you safe

November 06 2013 at 10:44 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
rastasandliza

I HAVE NO INTENTION OF BEING A PREACHER.

BUT HAS ANYONE THOUGHT OF FACTS EARLIER IN OUR LIVES. LOOK AT ALL THE FLOODS, LOCUSTS, DROUGHTS, STORMS, SNOW FALLS, CLIMATE CHANGES, ETC, AND EVERY YEAR THINGS SEEM TO GET WORSE AND WORSE.

COULD WE BE APPROACHING THE END OF THE WORLD AS PREDICTED IN THE BIBLE. SOMETHING TO THINK ABOUT.

November 06 2013 at 8:56 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
wstarhopper

I don't know if anyone else has seen it or not, but just within the last few years storms are " Mega storms" or" Super storms"or one of the worst storms ever. I don't know how it got started but all of these storms are worse than the last one. While one persons death is unacceptable people tend to turn off and they don't listen to the warnings any more.

November 06 2013 at 8:18 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
Brenda Bell

I pray for the safety of everyone in the Phillipines, May God be with you & Protect you always.

November 06 2013 at 7:08 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
Poosmom642005

To you people who continually complain about every disaster, and news story about everything, that
seemingly does not apply directly to them. Well all of the renowned scientists, say the United States
is due anytime now, for a Mega Disaster. I would bet any amount of money that, you complainers
will be the first to whine, and cry about us not getting the help, that is needed. Get a Clue idiots, and
some Compassion also, any disaster on this planet, affects us all, in some way.

November 06 2013 at 5:34 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
manny6168

The Philippines mostly gets the brunt of mother nature. They get these hurricane winds called typhoons and yet they always survive and become stronger. The Filipinos are resilient and God fearing people and like in the past, they will make it through.

November 06 2013 at 4:59 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
edgar

Let's pray for the safety of everybody…..This is now the revenge of nature where it is us who can only be blame..Destruction of forest and other natural resources. We should change our attitude and correct what was done. Corrupt officials should be blame.

From the time of Marcos to this time it is still abuse of our resources and only to benefit the few. Cutting trees left and right ..bombing of our coastal towns for few kilos of fish destroying coral reefs etc….

November 06 2013 at 2:48 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
rodney

Well, my family is moving to higher ground. Christmas two years ago we got hit with one smaller that this one and had water 3 meters on the ground floor. That was the first time we have had flooding there in over 30 years, but with all of the deforestation happening back in the mountains there is nothing to stop the water from filling the rivers to overflow their banks and flood neighborhoods that have never been aaffected before. Hold on all of our friends and family in CDO and Northern Mindanao. Good be this you, we are praying for you here in Texas.

November 06 2013 at 1:33 PM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply
mmmgoblue

The residents of city of CEBU should prepare as it will sustain a direct hit. They should prepare for lack of power for a week, flooding of beach and river canyons and 100-150 winds.

November 06 2013 at 12:45 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
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