Super Typhoon Haiyan

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sad Those poor poor people in the Philippines.

170knt sustained - 196 mph
205knt gusts -236mph

Equivalent to an EF5 tornado but on the scale of a hurricane (I think the core very strongest winds are about 50 miles wide, but I'm rather uncertain on that)

If anyone has the living earth app its worth having a look at the storm. Its a monster in the awful sense.

oricella Fri 08-Nov-13 07:54:50

Just reading up on this.. truly horrendous

SteamWisher Fri 08-Nov-13 07:55:34

Yes I've been looking at the satellite images. Terrifying!!!

TanteRose Fri 08-Nov-13 07:56:40

sad it is quite an unbelievable scale of storm...

we have typhoons here in Japan, but nothing like that has ever hit us

very very scary

From what I can see a couple of days ago it was forecast to be much weaker. I suspect there needs to be a lot of analysis as to where the forecasting slipped. It wouldnt change the typhoon of course but perhaps more could have been evacuated.

Very awfully it is going to affect the region that was hit by the Mag 7.1 earthquake last month and it is the fourth typhoon to hit the Philippines this season.

TanteRose Fri 08-Nov-13 08:27:25

We got hit by 6 typhoons in October alone this year - typhoons definitely more numerous and powerful this year in the Pacific

"A one-degree rise in ocean surface temperature near the equator is responsible for the large number this October, according to Akiyoshi Wada, a senior researcher in the Typhoon Research Department of the Meteorological Research Institute."

http://ajw.asahi.com/article/behind_news/social_affairs/AJ201310220053

TanteRose Fri 08-Nov-13 08:27:41

tanterose. Thank you for the link. It is concerning, longer term. There is evidence that the reason that the global atmospheric temperature has stabilised somewhat recently is that the oceans are transporting heat downwards acting as a heat sink. Far far to early to speculate as to whether the result is this seasons numerous typhoons (especially as the atlantic hurricane season has been very quiet) or whether it is just one of those blips that nature brings.

oricella Fri 08-Nov-13 12:36:34

Powerful plea by Philippine commissioner on climate change after Bopha less than a year ago... sadly so little is changing, except more storms

I hadnt seen that before Oricella - it made me cry.

My brother is in Cebu at the moment. I haven't heard from him since last night (he rang SIL so know he's ok) so I haven't heard what happened yet.

I hope you hear from him soon Gwendoline. It's probable that he hasnt got power unless he has a generator. Was it today he rang your SIL?

TanteRose Sat 09-Nov-13 13:19:03

Hope you got some word from your brother, Gwendoline.

That plea was at COP18 last year - the next COP meeting starts next week in Warsaw. A full year since that plea by the Philippine delegate...sad

The typhoon is due to hit Vietnam next. There will no doubt be more mass destruction

Thanks. He's back in Hong Kong now, unscathed but a bit shell shocked. I feel rather ashamed of my moaning about having to catch an earlier ferry home from the iow last week due to our feeble storm.

OYBBK hi, are you tracking this typhoon by any chance? It's heading towards Asia and the tracking seems to show that it will go above the Island of Bourneo, do you have any information? I'm going out of my mind with worry here as dd is in Bourneo (at the top of the Island) in the middle of the jungle, what do you think? Thanks.

oricella Sat 09-Nov-13 18:20:26

TanteRose it's tragic.. and I vaguely recall seeing that there will be a strong coal lobby in Warsaw. I'm thinking that the Philippines should offer to host the next free one in the middle of the typhoon season...

Scrap that, I can see it's passed above, panicking over nothing, typical mother smile

Just such a devastating typhoon, those poor poor people. sad

Onestep, other than heavy rain I don't think your dd will have had any issues. You are correct it has gone north of Borneo and is now heading towards Vietnam. Wind speeds have dropped although it is still a powerful typhoon with associated storm surge.

Gwendoline I'm so glad he is ok and as been able to get back to Hong Kong.

Thanks anyway OYBBK, sorry typical mothers reaction, she is so far away and at the moment I'm having so little contact with her as she's in such a remote part of the Island, on the map they look so close whereas in reality....... I actually feel really bad for writing on the thread with my bad geography when the Typhoon has had such a massive devastating impact on so many people, reading the reports this morning is heartbreaking, so many people affected.

Blimey onestep, don't feel bad for asking. It is completely natural to worry. My geography knowledge of the area has improved this weekend!

sad fears of 10,000 dead in one area alone. Horrific beyond words.

notyummy Sun 10-Nov-13 18:09:04

It's just awful synth it? I have just donated to the Red Cross emergency appeal.

There's a thread here with a couple of ideas on how people can contribute too.

notyummy Sun 10-Nov-13 20:46:25

Thanks!

For those who struggle to understand what this sort of storm is like a cameracrew filmed as the worst of the storm hit
I hesitated to put the link up because of the dreadfulness of the news but it highlights how these were just normal suburbs with people going about every day lives before the storm hit.

I'm afraid there is the very dreadful prospect of another storm developing and hitting that region. A new tropical depression (the start of these storms) is forming and at present is forecast to hit the south Philippines. Japan Met agency Hopefully it wont be as well developed - it hits the Philippines earlier in its development and I'm hoping that Haiyan was able to take some energy out of the ocean.

GloriaSmud Mon 11-Nov-13 16:34:15

The TV footage coming out now is truly awful. I think as the rescue agencies/TV crews get to more of the remote areas, it isn't going to get any better either. sad

timtam23 Mon 11-Nov-13 23:00:00

Absolutely dreadful isn't it Gloria. Those poor people. There are mothers who are searching for their tiny lost children, the BBC website has a really heartrending article about the people trying to find loved ones or get messages out (could be upsetting for some)

I ended up crying at the breakfast table today.

If anyone has any fund raising ideas that older kids can do and also for fundraising thoughts in general then please visit the thread in news

The tropical depression I mentioned yesterday has hit, with very heavy rains hampering things further.

timtam23 Tue 12-Nov-13 10:20:26

DEC appeal is to be broadcast this evening - all main UK channels will be showing it

Every day seems to bring more sadness from the Phillippines

thank you for the link timtam.

GloriaSmud Tue 12-Nov-13 12:30:29

OYBBK ~ Any fundraising ideas here, that might work?

It's all just so overwelming. I'm relieved there are organisations like the Disasters Emergency Committee as I wouldn't know where to start when it came to making decisions.

I will send dd that link Gloria - do you mind if I put it on the other thread?

Can I just say a huge FFS to the Daily Star for incredibly awful opportunistic journalism absolutely based in no fact what so ever. Scaremongering wankery at its worst. angry

GloriaSmud Tue 12-Nov-13 13:51:57

Not at all ~ some good ideas there and some of them don't need a lot of planning beforehand.

I'll give the Daily Star a biscuit ~ I don't think I've ever done one of those before and they truly deserve one on this occasion.

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