Thousands are now feared dead as the super typhoon named Haiyan moves out of the Philippines and back into the open ocean. Haiyan is now said to be the strongest land falling typhoon in recorded history topping out with sustained winds at 195 mph and gusts to 235 mph. It came ashore near the city of Tacloban with sustained winds of about 185 mph, a storm surge of nearly 30 feet, and more than a foot of rain. Several news outlets have now confirmed that at least a thousand are dead with the number expected to climb in the coming days. Here are some pictures of the aftermath…
The city of Tacloban courtesy of... AFP / Getty Images
Tacloban... courtesy of Sun.Star Cebu
Trees ripped from the ground... a site I have never seen before... courtesy of the BBC
There have been many comparisons of Haiyan to Hurricane Katrina and I can tell you that this super typhoon was significantly stronger than Katrina ever was. It was also much larger in size. Here is what the tropical systems look like side by side.
The darker colors indicate higher and colder cloud tops which generally means higher wind speeds. Not to mention, with the cold cloud tops so far away from the center, it means the strongest winds had a further reach from the eye than normal which would lead to more destruction on land. If this Typhoon were sitting along the east coast of the U.S., here is what it would look like.
Told ya it was massive… the storm would stretch from Florida to Philadelphia with its hurricane force wind field roughly the size of the Carolinas. This storm would be catastrophic in any place it ended up.