Super typhoon Haiyan left extreme damage in Philippines – November 8, 2013
Super Typhoon Haiyan has approached the Philippines with sustained winds of more than 310 km/h, while wind gusts were estimated up to 380 km/h. That is equal to a strong category 5 hurricane on the Saffir–Simpson scale. This makes it one of the strongest tropical cyclones to make landfall in history. It had already been recognised to be one of the four most intense storms on modern record. Haiyan is the strongest tropical storm since Hurricane Allen (1980) which hit the Caribbean. It featured some of the most impressive satellite imagery, with strong organisation and visual symmetry.
Super Typhoon Haiyan has hit land in the past few hours with terrifying force. It came ashore around 4:30 (local time) in the morning in the central Philippines, over Visayan Islands. More than 718,000 people were evacuated from homes in coastal communities and areas prone to floods or landslides. About 125,000 people took refuge in evacuation centres, and hundreds of flights were cancelled. So far there are still no clear reports of casualties or estimated property damage. There are unofficial reports of over 10,000 casualties.