November 8, Friday is the day most of my fellow Filipinos in Visayas will never forget. Around 4:40 AM, Super Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda made initial landfall on Eastern Samar, Philippines. From then on, the sky went dark and the air was filled with screaming wind.
Category 5 strength
Haiyan, known in the Philippines as Yolanda, appeared to retain much of its terrifying force as it moved west over the country, with sustained winds of 295 kph, gusts as strong as 360 kph. Haiyan’s wind strength makes it equivalent to a Category 5 hurricane. Super Typhoon Haiyan is one of the strongest storms recorded on the planet – CNN.com
Here in Metro Manila, we did not feel the extremity of the typhoon. Because if we did, we probably wont make it. It is heart wrenching to hear news and see footage of the chaos the typhoon left behind. It is beyond comprehension. Beyond words.
Super Typhoon Haiyan, one of strongest storms ever, hits central Philippines – CNN
“Yolanda was a beast ” CNN – Manila Times