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Potentially Catastrophic Typhoon Slams Philippines

One of the most powerful storms ever recorded has set off landslides and killed at least two people
Friday, Nov. 8, 2013, 12:32 a.m. ET

Satellite imagery showing Typhoon Haiyan making landfall Thursday, Nov. 7, 2013.

MANILA, Philippines (AP) - One of the most powerful typhoons ever recorded slammed into the Philippines on Friday, setting off landslides, knocking out power in one entire province and cutting communications in the country's central region of island provinces. Two people had died.

Telephone lines appeared down as it was difficult to get through to the landfall site 650 kilometers (405 miles) southeast of Manila where Typhoon Haiyan slammed into the southern tip of Samar island before barreling on to Leyte Island.

A villager was electrocuted in southern Surigao del Sur province and another was hit by tree felled by strong winds in central Cebu province, officials said.

Television images from Tacloban city on Leyte Island showed a street under knee-deep floodwater carrying debris that had been blown down by the fierce winds. Tin roofing sheets ripped from buildings were flying above the street.

Visibility was so poor that only the silhouette of a local reporter could be seen through the driving rain.


Weather officials said that Haiyan had sustained winds at 235 kilometers (147 miles) per hour, with gusts of 275 kph (170 mph) when it made landfall.

More than 125,000 people had been evacuated from towns and villages in the typhoon's path, which was to cut across the central Philippines, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council said. Among them were thousands of residents of Bohol who had been camped in tents and other makeshift shelters after a magnitude 7.2 earthquake hit the island last month.

Southern Leyte Gov. Roger Mercado said 31,000 people were evacuated in his landslide-prone mountainous province before the super typhoon struck, knocking out power, setting off small landslides that blocked roads in rural areas, uprooting trees and ripping roofs off houses around his residence.

The dense clouds and heavy rains made the day seem almost as dark as night, he said.

"When you're faced with such a scenario, you can only pray, and pray and pray," Mercado told The Associated Press by telephone, adding that his town mayors have not called in to report any major damage.


This image provided by the U.S. Naval Research Lab shows Typhoon Haiyan taken by the NEXSAT satellite Thursday Nov. 7, 2013 at 2:30 a.m. EDT. (AP Photo/US Naval Research Lab)

"I hope that means they were spared and not the other way around," he said. "My worst fear is there will be many massive loss of lives and property."

The typhoon - the 24th serious storm to hit the Philippines this year - is forecast to barrel through the Philippines' central region Friday and Saturday before blowing toward the South China Sea over the weekend, heading toward Vietnam.

Jeff Masters, a former hurricane meteorologist who is meteorology director at the private firm WeatherUnderground, said the storm had been poised to be the strongest tropical cyclone ever recorded at landfall. He warned of "catastrophic damage."

But he said the Philippines might get a small break because the storm is so fast moving that flooding from heavy rains - usually the cause of most deaths from typhoons in the Philippines - may not be as bad.

Weather forecaster Gener Quitlong said the typhoon was not losing much of its strength because there is no large land mass to slow it down since the region is comprised of islands with no tall mountains.

Officials in Cebu province have shut down electric service to the northern part of the province to avoid electrocutions in case power pylons are toppled, said assistant regional civil defense chief Flor Gaviola.

President Benigno Aquino III assured the public of war-like preparations, with three C-130 air force cargo planes and 32 military helicopters and planes on standby, along with 20 navy ships.

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Josephine Mante

Individually, just be ready for Emergency cases like this because Calamities and Devastations happen anytime and anywhere in this world. Prepare Emergency Supplies for at least a week and recylcle every six months....Food,Water,Clothing,Flashlights and batteries,Medications,Documents inside plastic, ,,buckets and tents with sleeping bags and a whistle to call for help.Cell phone and trash bags with paper plates and fork and spoon; toiletries and insect repellants.

November 17 2013 at 11:55 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
scmars1

I live here near the former Clark AFB in Angeles City, Pampanga. We are getting a lot of rain and some strong winds from the outer bands of the typhoon. It is far worse to the south where the winds are extremely high and flooding rain bands. We pray for all of those affected by the recent earthquake and now this typhoon. One small bright spot may be that the storm is moving quickly and will hopefully pass over the Philippine Islands soon where it will head west over the South China Sea and make landfall in Vietnam. Our thoughts and prayers are with all affected and those who will be in the Philippines and Vietnam. One factor that may help lessen the blow a little is that the landscape and trees, etc... here are accustomed to frequent typhoons and are more flexible and resilient than many other places. If you are interested in visiting the Philippines (perhaps after typhoon season) I would encourage you all to check out my weblog at: http://www.yourlibertybuddy.com/ Tourism is a Large part of the National Economy here and I think that you will find the people very friendly and hospitable.

November 08 2013 at 9:10 AM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
tonyt013

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November 08 2013 at 8:56 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Craig

DIE HAARP !

November 08 2013 at 8:47 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
matterajr

Praying for all of the Philippines, lived in northern Philippines for a couple of year(La Union area Wallace Air Force Base, what a party!!

November 08 2013 at 8:29 AM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
Sharon

Oh wow, I just left the Philippines while I was in the Peace Corps. There were several typhoons in fact sometimes more than 16 per yr. I love those people and I pray for them as they have so little to begin with. Manilla is really one of the richest parts, but there are still hundreds of thousands that live on the street. Manilla is where I took my language training, then went on to Palompon Leyte, where McArthur said "I shall return". I am so sad for those people.

November 08 2013 at 8:02 AM Report abuse +5 rate up rate down Reply
gedgar2000

Yes, we have been raising atmosphere CO2 concentrations in the atmosphere for well over a century now. Starting before we could fathom the potential problem. It is beginning to be obvious, and ominous, about the longer term affects. We know that we've gotten ourselves into an ugly situation, but a lot of people's remarks seem to imply we could fix it tomorrow, if we so chose. How? We can't just reverse the CO2 content starting anytime. We need energy to survive. Wind and Solar, Hydrelectric, and other "green"energy sources

November 08 2013 at 7:51 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
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sssprayfoam

Im sure our government is having a meeting to determine how much money we should send them

November 08 2013 at 6:39 AM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
JE WA ZA WI

When I see that area of the Philippines where the typhoon hit ,it brings back the memories of the thousands of GI's and their allies ,who sacrificed their lives in WW 11.Rode out one of those typhoons on a carrier during the Korean conflict (conflict that caused 34,000 lives ) and 3 inch steel on the carrier,was bent like tin foil . Waves 27 feet high in some areas .

November 08 2013 at 6:35 AM Report abuse +4 rate up rate down Reply
ka2rio

Allahu Akbar

November 08 2013 at 6:12 AM Report abuse -4 rate up rate down Reply
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gizmoprof

FU muslim

November 08 2013 at 6:29 AM Report abuse -3 rate up rate down Reply
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stormmlovr

Hush, gizy you ldiot

November 08 2013 at 7:20 AM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down
Sharon

Most of the Philippines are catholic. Most of Mendenau are the Muslims that were being trained by Bin Laden for the g-had wars. They were constantly bombing in Manila. They had to put chickenwire along the bottoms of the buses because of this, also they bombed many internet cafes. All because they wanted Mendenau to be a separate state for religious reasons. Was there about a mile from them. CIA told us who were stationed there to leave.

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