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Super Typhoon Haiyan Makes History

8 Nov 2013, 1:04 pm

Super Typhoon Haiyan

Super Typhoon Haiyan makes history as it plows across the Philippines.  When using satellite derived data to determine wind speed, Haiyan is considered to be the strongest storm in history.

It has slightly weakened as it moves over land areas but continues to be an extremely powerful storm with sustained winds at 155 mph and gusts up to 190 mph.

Images of complete devestation are just starting to come in.  Picture above from an elementary school destroyed by these incredibly intense winds. It has been estimated that over 90% of the buildings in some of the hardest hit areas were demolished.

Winds strong enough take down light and power poles. Local news sources say that the transmission lines usually carry 1000 megawatts of power and are now only running on 97 megawatts.

Check back here for the more updates through the weekend.

Meteorologist Gretchen Mishek

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