Super Typhoon Haiyan is the strongest tropical cyclone of 2013 with sustained winds near 190 mph, and gusts to 230 mph! The storm is equal to a category five hurricane, and it is heading for landfall in the central Philippines Friday morning. The center of the storm is expected to pass close to an area where thousands have been displaced to as a result of a 7.1 magnitude earthquake in mid-October.
A 10 foot storm surge will inundate coastal areas, and the storm may still have 150 mph sustained winds near the center when it makes landfall. Flash flooding and mudslides are also a major concern with more than 8 inches of rain forecasted in near the center of the storm. The capital city of Manila will be spared the brunt of the storm, with 50-75 mph winds and 4-8 inches of rain expected there.
Compare Super Typhoon Megi to Haiyan… pic.twitter.com/CFk4JlaEBv
— Sam Lillo (@splillo) November 7, 2013