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Alert: This thing just went over the maximum scale limit. If that makes sense, the max is 8, it just flirted with 8.1
That makes this the most powerful storm ever recorded.
"If it maintains its strength, there has never been a storm this strong making landfall anywhere in the world," said Jeff Masters, founder of Weather Underground in Ann Arbor, Mich. "This is off the charts."
www.thespec.com...edit on 7-11-2013 by canucks555 because: (no reason given)
(Reuters) - Haiyan, potentially the strongest recorded typhoon to make landfall, slammed into the Philippines' central islands on Friday, forcing millions of people to flee to safer ground or take refuge in storm shelters.
The category-five super typhoon whipped up giant waves as high as 4-5 metres (12-15 feet) that lashed the islands of Leyte and Samar, and was on track to carve a path through popular holiday destinations.
Haiyan is also forecast to pass close to the Philippines' second-largest city Cebu, home to around 2.5 million people, and also buffet the capital Manila.
"The super typhoon likely made landfall with winds near 195 mph. This makes Haiyan the strongest tropical cyclone (typhoon) on record to make landfall," said Jeff Masters, a hurricane expert and director of meteorology at U.S.-based Weather Underground.
Super Typhoon Haiyan has sustained winds of 195 mph (315 kph) and wind gusts of 235 mph (380 kph), according to the Joint Typhoon Warning Center, besting the previous record held by Hurricane Camile, which struck the US in Mississippi with 190 mph (305 kph) winds in 1969.
Masters said he expected the damage in Guiuan, the fishing town of about 40,000 people that was the first to be hit after Haiyan swept in from the Pacific Ocean, to be ``catastrophic''. ``Perhaps the greatest wind damage any city on Earth has endured from a tropical cyclone in the past century,'' Masters wrote.