Super Typhoon Blasts Into Philippines

Friday, November 08, 2013

A photo showing the strength of Typhoon Haiyan. (Philippine Red Cross Cebu Chapter/Twitter)

One of the strongest storms every recorded on the planet, Super Typhoon Haiyan (known locally as Yolanda), smashed into the Philippines early Friday morning, bringing winds of 195 mph and gusts of 235 mph—some of the highest speeds ever recorded in human history.

An estimated 25 million people are in the path of the Super Typhoon as the storm crosses the Philippines, which is made up of more than 7,100 islands.

"Haiyan will be accompanied by torrential rainfall, damaging winds and life-threatening storm surge, particularly in low-lying areas of onshore flow. The heavy rainfall will likely cause flooding and raise the risk of mudslides," according to The Weather Channel. "Some 10 million people who live on the central Philippine islands are most at risk of a direct strike from Haiyan."

Joining The Takeaway to discuss the storm is Aaron Aspi, Emergency Communications Officer for World Vision, a relief and development organization that works in countries around the world, including the Philippines. Aspi is on the ground in the Filipino city of Bohl.

Here are some tweets from around the web:

 

Guests:

Aaron Aspi

Produced by:

Allie Ferguson

Editors:

T.J. Raphael

Comments [1]

David Hiers

You do your audience a great disservice by covering a natural disaster without discussing how they can prepare for, mitigate against, respond to, and recover from disasters.

Nearly every Government and NGO that you speak with has a strong outreach program that tries to move people along the readiness spectrum from helpless victim through resilient survivor, to trained responder.

See www.ready.gov for details.

Nov. 09 2013 10:51 AM

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