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Typhoon Haiyan slams into Philippines

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Heard They were going to put the floating bar out in Subic, Perhaps they should hold off, Typhon season not stopped yet.

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Heard They were going to put the floating bar out in Subic, Perhaps they should hold off, Typhon season not stopped yet.


Not expected to affect Manilla or AC.


The Kid in Leyte/Tacloban had gone incommunicado though.


As of Friday afternoon, the following 12 airports are closed: Busuanga, Bacolod, Tacloban, Surigao, Kalibo, Roxas, Caticlan, Iloilo, Romblon, Legazpi, Masbate and Dumaguete.

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Philippines: In the path of storm destruction

By Hilary Whiteman, CNN
November 8, 2013 -- Updated 0859 GMT (1659 HKT)
Super typhoon rips through Philippines
  • Philippines is one of the most disaster-hit countries in the world
  • Super Typhoon Haiyan one of strongest to make landfall this year
  • Country sits in the western Pacific Ocean, a vast expanse of warm water
  • Steep mountains increase risk of landslie, and low-lying areas easily flooded

(CNN) -- Powered by ferocious winds, the fast-moving Super Typhoon Haiyan is currently sweeping through the Philippines, a country of almost 97 million people all too familiar with destructive storms.

In the Philippines they're calling it Super Typhoon Yolanda and, as its position in the alphabet suggests, it's the 25th tropical cyclone to hit the country this year. Haiyan is the name given to it by the World Meteorological Organization, and is the Chinese name for "petrel," a type of seabird.

Typhoons are a numbers game, whipping up comparisons of intensity, wind speeds, gusts, rainfall and for the people in their path, homes and lives lost, and dollars and time needed to rebuild.

On a number of counts, Haiyan could be the biggest of all worldwide this year.

READ: Super Typhoon Haiyan hits central Philippines

What's in a name?

To avoid any confusion, typhoons and hurricanes are both tropical cyclones, but they assume different names depending on their location.

Typhoons form in the Northwest Pacific Ocean, east of 160E. They become Super Typhoons if they reach maximum sustained 1-minute surface winds of at least 240 kilometers per hour (150 mph or 130 knots), according to the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

A Super Typhoon is the equivalent of a strong category 4 or 5 hurricane in the Atlantic, or a category 5 severe tropical cyclone in the Australian basin.

With winds of up to 315 kilometers per hour (195 miles per hour), and gusts of 380 kph (235 mph), Haiyan is thought to be the strongest tropical cyclone ever to make landfall anywhere in the world this year.

The Philippines is in the firing line, for a number of reasons.

Path of destruction

The Philippines sits on the western rim of the Pacific Ocean, the most active area for tropical cyclones due to the vast expanse of deep, warm ocean water.

The country consists of more than 7,000 islands, leaving plenty of exposed coast at the mercy of wind and rain whipped up over the ocean.

More than 98 million people live there, most outside the capital Manila, where 12 million people are packed into one of the most densely populated cities in the world.

Haiyan made landfall south of the capital, while most people were sleeping, at 4:40 a.m. local time on Friday, November 8. It crashed into Guiuan, in Eastern Samar before island-hopping to Dulag-Tolosa, then to the municipality of Daanbantayan and Bantayan Island on the island of Cebu.

131108033731-haiyan-track-map-3-story-toSuper Typhoon Haiyan's predicted track
131107212306-super-typhoon-haiyan-reuterRed Cross: Floodwater is biggest concern
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Previously, the strongest tropical cyclone to ever make landfall in the Philippines was Typhoon Reming -- or Durian as it was called by the WMO -- which hit land in 2006, crossing southern Luzon with peak gusts of 320 kph (198.8 mph), according to PAGASA, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration. A state of calamity was declared, clearing the way for emergency funding as international aid agencies swung into gear.


An average of eight or nine tropical cyclones make landfall in the Philippines each year. Only five have hit the country in 2013, a relatively low figure compared to the record of 19 which smashed into the coast in 1993.

However, the Manila Observatory has warned this cyclone is very large in terms of diameter and wind speed. Low cloud temperatures are expected to bring heavy rainfall, leading to flash floods and higher river levels which could inundate low-lying areas.

The Philippines is covered in mountains, which drop sharply to coastal areas, increasing the risk of devastating landslides. Storm surges are also a risk along the populated coasts. Despite the frequency of violent storms, many of the buildings are not built to withstand a heavy battering from strong wind and rain.

Over the last decade, the Philippines has consistently ranked in the top five most disaster-hit countries -- along with China, the U.S, India and Indonesia -- according to the Center for Research on the Epidemiology of Disasters (CRED).

Hefty costs

By international standards, the Philippines may be showing strong annual economic growth, but it's one of the poorest countries in the world, ranking 165th in GDP per capita, according to the CIA World Factbook.

In 2012, GDP per capita was $4,500 and, as of figures from 2009, just over one quarter of the country's population was living below the poverty line.

Any natural disasters deal a hefty blow to the country's finances. As recently as October, a magnitude 7.1 earthquake hit the central Bohol province, killing more than 200 people, and forcing a recovery effort that was still underway before the onset of Haiyan.

The biggest natural disaster to hit the country -- in terms of the number of people affected and the total cost of damage -- only occurred last year, according to the International Disaster Database.

Typhoon Bopha slammed into the country in December 2012, killing more than 1,900 people. More than six million people were affected, and the clean-up bill reached $1.7 billion, according to the CRED.

The Philippines may be forced to endure a bombardment of natural disasters, but on Friday its people remained defiant, bracing themselves for another blow and lengthy recovery.


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Dude relax, is it that big a deal that you see a topic in Barstool banter which in itself explains the content. Just keep on scrolling down man.


I'm totally relaxed thanks, but apart from being in the wrong place and dividing any discussion there may be, thus potentially giving the Mods a merging job, it's just a cheap lazy way to post threads when it's so easy to look and see if it's already been posted in the correct section...............


..........or maybe you'd prefer it if we ignored all sections and threw everything into one pot?   :SoWhat1:

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BBC Video -  http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-24863480 Super typhoon Haiyan hits Philippines



Key Points
  • Typhoon Haiyan, one of the strongest storms ever recorded, has struck the Philippines
  • At least three people have been killed and another seven injured, reports say
  • Millions of people in vulnerable areas have been forced to seek shelter across 20 provinces
  • More than 12 million people are at risk from the storm, including in Cebu, the country's second largest city
  • Schools and offices are closed with ferry services and local flights suspended. Hospitals and soldiers have been put on stand-by
  • All time GMT


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I'm totally relaxed thanks, but apart from being in the wrong place and dividing any discussion there may be, thus potentially giving the Mods a merging job, it's just a cheap lazy way to post threads when it's so easy to look and see if it's already been posted in the correct section...............


..........or maybe you'd prefer it if we ignored all sections and threw everything into one pot?   :SoWhat1:

Just leave it to the mods to deal with then.....


I'm guessing you are a fellow Brit?


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  1. 1214:
  2. Though the extent of the damage is not known, the fact that Haiyan did not bring the most extreme rains possible is regarded as a reason to be optimistic. Rains are typically the major cause of deaths during typhoons in the Philippines.

  3. 1210:

    For severe weather bulletins and flood advisories regarding the typhoon, check theNational Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council website.

  4. 1208:

    It is just after 20:00 local time in the Philippines, where it has been dark for some time. Latest reports say Typhoon Haiyan is centred to the west of Aklan province after having battered the island resort of Boracay.

    1203: Peter Flanagan, Manila 

    emails: It is just hitting manila now. I am in my hotel room on the 23rd floor of the Vivere hotel in Alabang. Torrential rain, trees bending in half, but remarkably traffic up one of the main streets, Zapote Road, crammed as usual. Up to two hours ago, international flights into and out of main airport were operational, but can no longer see any air traffic movement. Worst conditions I have seen in Manila in my last 15 months of being here.

  6. 1200:

    The BBC's former Philippine correspondent, Kate McGeown, says that while reports are coming in from some of the affected cities, there is still very little information from the countryside in large parts of the Visayas region. "Looking at the pictures of how bad the winds are in the city of Tacloban in Leyte, you can imagine how terrible it must be for people living in small wooden and corrugated iron homes outside the city."


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My best wishes go out to all those trying to get through this alive.

I did not know her name, I did not know her name but I sure did love the way she laughed and called me honey.

I did not know her name, I did not know her name but I sure did love the way she laughed and took my money.

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I am in AC at the moment, some heavy rain but nothing really dangerous. The worst of it appears to be heading west and should stay south of manila

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I am in AC at the moment, some heavy rain but nothing really dangerous. The worst of it appears to be heading west and should stay south of manila

Should be OK there.


Chatting to a little lady home in Leyte yesterday.

No word today as it took a big hit.

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"Defence Secretary Voltaire Gazmin said: "All systems are down. There is no power, no water, nothing. People are desperate. They're looting."

Typhoon Haiyan - one of the most powerful storms on record to make landfall - is now bearing down on Vietnam, where tens of thousands are being evacuated.

The BBC Weather Centre says the typhoon is expected to make landfall south of Hanoi on Monday afternoon local time (between 03:00 and 09:00 GMT), although it will have decreased markedly in strength."

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Tacloban, Philippines (CNN) -- No food. No water. Houses and buildings torn to pieces. Bodies scattered on the streets. Hospitals overrun with patients. Medical supplies running out.

As Typhoon Haiyan barreled across the South China Sea on Sunday, getting set to bring more destruction to Vietnam, many Filipinos grappled with devastation on a level they'd never seen before.



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Two days after one of the world's most powerful typhoons slammed into the Philippines, as many as 10,000 people are believed to have died in a single city: Tacloban.


It is near here where US General Douglas MacArthur's force of 174,000 men landed on October 20, 1944, in one of the biggest allied victories of World War Two.

Today, a team of about 90 US Marines and sailors headed to the Philippines, part of a first wave of promised US military assistance for relief efforts.

Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel this weekend ordered the US military's Pacific Command to assist with search and rescue operations and provide air support in the wake of the super typhoon.

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Typhoon Haiyan slams the Philippines

Survivors stay in their damaged house. Photo: Reuters

UN leader Ban Ki-moon also promised UN humanitarian agencies will respond rapidly to help people in need.

The UN children’s fund UNICEF says a cargo plane carrying 60 tonnes of aid including shelters and medicine will arrive in the Philippines tomorrow, to be followed by deliveries of water purification and sanitation equipment.

Millions in aid has already been pledged by the EU, Britain and Germany as well as Australia and NZ and other international groups.

Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/environment/weather/in-tacloban-not-a-single-building-seems-to-have-survived-typhoon-haiyan-20131111-2xah4.html#ixzz2kKpB4U4l

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On a stretch of road on the way into Tacloban city centre, just past a lone white coffin with gold-painted handles, lay a mass of dead, bloated bodies. Men, women, cats, dogs and pigs were piled in a heap against a stone house with a metal roof bent upwards like a question mark.

Its residents stared out at the chaos below like zombies.


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http://www.nationmultimedia.com/breakingnews/US-sends-Navy-ships-20-million-in-aid-to-Philippin-30219343.html   US sends Navy ships, 20 million in aid to Philippines


Washington - The United States will send an aircraft carrier and other Navy ships along with 20 million dollars in emergency humanitarian aid to the Philippines, officials said in Washington Monday.
Secretary of Defence Chuck Hagel ordered the aircraft carrier USS George Washington to depart Hong Kong Monday and "make best speed for the Republic of the Philippines," spokesman George Little said.


The ship with some 5,000 sailors and 80 aircraft is to be accompanied by five other ships to provide humanitarian assistance, supplies and medical care. They were expected to arrive in the Philippines within 48-72 hours, Little said.


The US Agency for International Development said it would provide 20 million dollars in relief, including shelter materials and hygiene kits, and 55 metric tons of food. A shipment of plastic sheeting, soap, toothbrushes, toilet paper, and sanitary supplies for 10,000 families was already on its way, with more supplies to follow, the agency said.//DPA

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Children wait hoping for a safe departure, the dead are counted, and appeals for aid echo around the globe. Tacloban has been flattened. So too has the will of many caught in the eye of this storm.

Hundreds of thousands have been left homeless. The personal stories emerging from the Philippines disaster are harrowing. Getting help and escaping the carnage it seems is a lottery. Anger is simmering.

“Look at my children, we have nothing to eat, no fresh clothes. Others who just arrived got into the plane. We did not die in the typhoon but we will die here of hunger,” said one father waiting at the airport. A mother explained, “We waited in line because there were a lot of dead bodies where we were staying. My children were starting to get sick because of the smell.”

For those not on the planes which are managing to leave Tacloban the future is uncertain with forecasters predicting no respite from the weather as a new system of heavy rain and winds head for the island nation.



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