So scary. On Nov. 8, the Philippines were hit by Typhoon Haiyan, a massive storm stretching 1,800 km, which translates to 1,120 miles. An estimated amount of 1,200 people were killed in the Phillippine coastal city of Tacloban, which was hit the hardest.
Haiyan hit the eastern island of Samar at approximately 4:30 a.m. on Nov. 8, taking out power lines throughout Easter Visays, heading toward five other islands of the Philippines. The 1,200-person death toll in the coastal city of Tacloban is the first significant report of casualties in what is considered one the strongest storms the world has ever seen.
Typhoon Haiyan: More Than 1,200 People Killed In Major Philippine City
Authorities also say more than 1,200 people were injured in Tacloban, according to CNN. The airport terminal was “completely destroyed” and those affected by the storm were waiting at the airport in hopes that the military would be bringing food, water and medicine.
According to CNN, an earlier report said that at least seven people were injured and three were killed. Haiyan weakened on Saturday, Nov. 9 and is no longer considered a super typhoon, though destruction is still expected to be devastating.
Typhoon Haiyan Heading Toward Vietnam
The storm is heading toward Vietnam, where it is expected to hit on either Nov. 9 or 10.
The typhoon sustained winds of 295 kph (183 mph) on Nov. 8. A Category 5 hurricane, the highest on the Saffir-Simpson scale, carries a 252 kph threshold.
Winds of 252 kph (157mph) or higher can cause serious damage, according to Saffir-Simpso Hurricane Wind Scale:
A high percentage of framed homes will be destroyed, with total roof failure and wall collapse. Fallen trees and power poles will isolate residential areas. Power outages will last for weeks to possibly months. Most of the area will be uninhabitable for weeks or months.
There hasn’t power or phone service in the Philippines so news outlets are not able to being regularly update. Hundreds of flights were canceled, while 125,000 people took shelter.
There is an upside to the storm — the worst ended earlier rather than later. When it began, it was traveling at 41 kph (25 mph). By the morning of Nov. 9, the speed had reduced to 37 kph (23 mph).
“About 90% of the infrastructure and establishments were heavily damaged,” the secretary general of the Philippine National Red Cross, Gwendolyn Pang told CNN.
— Emily Longeretta