Saturday, November 9, 2013

MONUMENTAL EARTH CHANGES: Super Typhoon Haiyan Roars Through The Philippines, Leaving A Massive Trail Of Catastrophic Destruction; The Strongest Tropical Cyclone To Make Landfall ON RECORD With Sustained Winds Of 315 km/h (195 mph)! [STUNNING PHOTOS + VIDEOS]

November 09, 2013 - THE PHILIPPINES - Typhoon Haiyan of November 2013, known in the Philippines as Typhoon Yolanda, is one of the strongest tropical cyclones ever recorded; meteorologists say it could be the most powerful storm ever to make landfall.

Here are images from the Philippines following its passage:

A vehicle lies amidst debris in Tacloban.

A man walks among the debris of destroyed houses in the aftermath of the super typhoon in Tacloban.

 Fallen trees litter the ground at the Tacloban airport in the Philippines in the aftermath of Super Typhoon
Haiyan on Saturday, November 9. The most powerful cyclone in three decades battered the Philippines,
killing a number of people and leaving more than 100 bodies scattered on the streets of this coastal city.
Haiyan, one of the most intense typhoons on record, plowed across the country on Friday, with
monster winds tearing roofs off buildings and giant waves washing away homes.

People carry a victim of the super typhoon in the devastated city of Tacloban, population 220,000. Most of the
other badly hit cities and islands were cut off, making the number of casualties unclear.Haiyan hit with 3.5
times the force of Hurricane Katrina.

The thirty-first named storm, thirteenth typhoon, and fifth super-typhoon of the 2013 Pacific typhoon season, Haiyan originated as an area of low pressure east-southeast of Pohnpei in the western Pacific Ocean on November 2. Tracking generally westward, the disturbance steadily developed within an environment of light wind shear and warm sea surface temperatures, becoming a tropical depression early the following day.

WATCH:  Super Typhoon Kills 1,200+ In The Philippines.

 Vietnamese Red Cross staff members place sandbags on the roof of a house as they prepare for the arrival of
Haiyan in the central provincial coastal city of Danang. Vietnam has started evacuating more than
100,000 people from the path of the super typhoon.

The dead lay in floodwaters after the super typhoon devastated the city of Tacloban. On Saturday,
Philippine troops began to retrieve bodies strewn in areas devastated by the typhoon.

Devastation is everywhere in Iloilo in the central Philippines in the aftermath of the typhoon.

People seek shelter with their belongings after the powerful typhoon in Tacloban.

WATCH:  Haiyan Storm Footage.

Residents return to their houses after leaving an evacuation site in Tacloban.

A boy walks past the devastation brought about by Haiyan at Tacloban. Roofs and windows
were blown off and out of many of the buildings left standing.

People walk past a victim left on the side of a road in Tacloban.

After becoming a tropical storm and attaining the name Haiyan at 0000 UTC on November 4, the system began a period of explosive deepening that brought it to typhoon intensity by 1800 UTC on November 5.

WATCH:  Haiyan Aftermath.

With an expanding and deepening central dense overcast and clear eye visible on satellite, the Joint Typhoon Warning Center (JTWC) upgraded Haiyan to a super typhoon—a typhoon in which maximum sustained winds attain or exceed 240 km/h (150 mph)—early on November 6. After entering PAGASA's region of responsibility, the JTWC upgraded Haiyan to a Category 5 equivalent on the Saffir-Simpson hurricane wind scale.

An airport lies in ruins in the city of Tacloban in the Philippines.

A wounded man walks the tattered streets of the city of Tacloban.

Astronaut Karen L. Nyberg took a picture of the super typhoon from the International Space Station.
Haiyan first landed near the cities of Dulag and Tacloban, flooding coastal communities with a
surge of water and delivering 195-mph winds with gusts reaching as high as 235 mph.

Steered by a subtropical ridge to the cyclone's north, the eye of Haiyan passed over the northern portion of Palau, where extensive wind damage was observed. Thereafter, it continued to intensify; at 1200 UTC on November 7, the Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) upped the storm's maximum ten-minute sustained winds to 235 km/h (145 mph), the highest in relation to the cyclone. At 1800 UTC, the JTWC raised the system's one-minute sustained winds to 315 km/h (195 mph), unofficially making Haiyan the fourth most intense tropical cyclone ever observed.

WATCH:  Haiyan Storm Footage.

Women walk past fallen trees and destroyed houses in Tacloban. Residents scoured supermarkets for
water and food as they slowly emerged on streets littered with debris.

People wait in line for relief goods such as ready-to-eat meals, clothing, blankets, medicine and water
in the city of Tacloban. Mobile services were down, and officials were relying on intermittent
communication using radios.

A soldier pulls a cable inside the devastated airport tower in Tacloban.

Houses are destroyed by the strong winds caused by the typhoon in Tacloban.

Several hours later, the eye of the cyclone made its first landfall on Guiuan, Eastern Samar, without any change in intensity; if verified, this would make Haiyan the strongest tropical cyclone to make a landfall on record, which may surpass the old record of 305 km/h (190 mph) set by Hurricane Camille in 1969. On November 8, the cyclone entered the South China Sea and was downgraded to a Category 4 typhoon by the JTWC. Readings indicated that Typhoon Haiyan dropped to Category 3 as it traversed the South China Sea, with gusts of up to 210 km/h (130 mph) and 1-minute sustained winds of up to 190 km/h (120 mph). - Wikipedia.

DISASTER IMPACT: Like A "Tsunami Swept Through" - More Than 1,200 Killed As Super Typhoon Haiyan Flattens The Philippines And Now Heads For Vietnam; The Storm Was 3.5 TIMES MORE FORCEFUL Than Hurricane Katrina; Dozens Of Dead Bodies Seen In The Streets; "Wall Of Water" Reach The Second Floor Of Structures; Every Tree Flattened Or Snapped In Half; Death Toll Could Grow From The Widespread "Catastrophic" Destruction!

November 09, 2013 - THE PHILIPPINES - A day after Super Typhoon Haiyan roared into the Philippines, officials predicted that the death toll could reach 1,200 or more.  "We estimate 1,000 people were killed in Tacloban and 200 in Samar province," Gwendolyn Pang, secretary general of the Philippine Red Cross, said of two coastal areas where Haiyan hit first as it began its march Friday across the archipelago.  The Red Cross said it would have more precise numbers Sunday. But experts predicted that it will take days to get the full scope of the damage wrought by a typhoon described as one of the strongest to make landfall in recorded history.

Catastrophic damage is feared in the Philippines after the islands were battered by winds of  over 200mph from
Typhoon Haiyan - claimed to be the strongest tropical cyclone to make landfall in recorded history.

Satellite image of Typhoon Haiyan approaching the Philippines, made using images captured by the
geostationary satellites of the Japan Meteorological Agency and EUMETSAT. Photograph: Barcroft Media

"Probably the casualty figure will increase as we get more information from remote areas, which have been cut off from communications," said Tomoo Hozumi, UNICEF's Philippines representative.  The casualties from the storm, which affected 4.3 million people in 36 provinces, occurred despite preparations that included the evacuation of more than 800,000 people, he said.

WATCH: Water levels reached the second story.

Tacloban hardest hit

Officials found more than 100 bodies scattered on the streets of the coastal city.  "We expect the greatest number of casualties there," Alago said, adding that 100 body bags had been sent to the area. People were wading through waist-high water, and overturned vehicles, downed utility poles and trees were blocking roads and delaying the aid effort.  Mobile services were down, and officials were relying on radios.  Another 100 residents in this city of 220,000 residents were injured, said Capt. John Andrews, deputy director of the national Civil Aviation Authority.

Map of path of Typhoon Haiyan

Roofs and windows were blown off and out of many of the buildings left standing. Rescue crews were handing out ready-to-eat meals, clothing, blankets, medicine and water, Alago said.  But the speed of the storm -- which was clocked at 41 mph -- meant residents didn't have to hunker down long. Many emerged Saturday from their homes and shelters and trekked through streets littered with debris to supermarkets, looking for water and food. Several bodies were found at a chapel; a woman wept over one.  The Philippine Red Cross succeeded in getting its assessment team in to Tacloban but had not managed to get its main team of aid workers and equipment to the city, said Philippine National Red Cross Chairman Richard Gordon.  "We really are having access problems," he said.  The city's airport was shut, and it would be three days before a land route was open, so organizers were considering chartering a boat for the 1½-to-2-day trip, he said.  "It really is an awful, awful situation."  Tacloban is the largest city in the Eastern Visayas Islands. It was an important logistical base during World War II and served as a temporary capital of the Philippines.

WATCH:  First Images of Haiyan Destruction & Vietnam Forecast.

Catastrophic destruction 

The destruction across the islands was catastrophic and widespread. For a time, storm clouds covered the entire Philippines, stretching 1,120 miles -- the distance between Florida and Canada -- and tropical storm-force winds covered an area the size of Germany.

 The typhoon first struck before dawn on Friday on the country's eastern island of Samar, flooding streets and knocking out power and communications in most of Eastern Visayas region.  Powered by 195-mph winds and gusts up to 235 mph, it then struck near Tacloban and Dulag on the island of Leyte, flooding the coastal communities.  "It is like a tsunami has hit here," CNN's Paula Hancocks said from Tacloban.

Many islands hit 

It continued its march, barreling into five other Philippine islands before its wind strength dropped Saturday to 130 mph and it lost its super typhoon designation.  The Red Cross had more than 700,000 people in evacuation centers, but some of those proved no match for the storm, the Red Cross' Gordon said. "People died there as well."  Meteorologists said it could regain super status as it headed Saturday toward Vietnam, where it was expected to strike Sunday morning around the cities of Da Nang and Hue.  Philippine military helicopters were taking surveys; it took relief workers from Manila up to 18 hours to reach the worst-hit isles.  Super Typhoon Haiyan packed a wallop on Philippine structures that was 3.5 times more forceful than the United States' Hurricane Katrina in 2005, which directly or indirectly killed 1,833 people. At $108 billion, it was the costliest hurricane in U.S. history.

WATCH:  Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda leaves behind a trail of destruction.

Cut-off communities 

Most of Cebu province couldn't be contacted by landlines, cell phones or radio, Dennis Chiong, operations officer for the province's disaster risk and emergency management, said Saturday.  One inaccessible town, Daanbantayan, has more than 3,000 residents who "badly need food, water and shelter because most of the houses there are damaged due to the storm," Chiong said.  In the town of Santa Fe in Cebu province, officials could not determine the number of fatalities because roads were washed out and phone services down.

Defenseless against the storm's might

One major concern was the typhoon's impact on Bohol Island, where 350,000 people had been living in tents and temporary shelters since last month's earthquake, said Joe Curry of Catholic Relief Services.  But he said he was concerned about other areas, too.  "There are a lot of rural areas, a lot of small islands that are affected," Curry said. "We don't know how they can protect themselves from a typhoon of this strength."  Clarson Fruelda of Cebu City said residents were cleaning up dirt, leaves, coconuts and tree branches from their homes.  "The winds were the strongest that I felt in more than 20 years," Fruelda said. "These past few weeks were really tough for my wife and I and probably for Cebuanos as well since it was just a few weeks ago when we were hit by a 7.2-magnitude earthquake."

Higher tolls 

About 125,000 people took refuge in evacuation centers, and hundreds of flights were canceled.  Haiyan may be the strongest tropical cyclone in recorded history, though meteorologists said it will take further analysis to establish whether it is a record. - CNN.