Super Typhoon Haiyan Makes Landfall At The Philippines

8 Nov 2013 0

The World’s Strongest Storm of The Year
Forecaster blog updated by Katie Jackson

Typhoon Haiyan has made landfall in Vietnam this morning after causing devastating damage in the Philippines over the weekend. Considered the strongest recorded storm at landfall, Haiyan peaked at Category 5 just southeast of the Philippines Friday with sustained wind speeds exceeding 235kph and seas estimated 50ft.

This satellite image depicts the highly destructive Super Typhoon Haiyan, viewed from space during the height of its intensity.

This satellite image depicts the highly destructive Super Typhoon Haiyan, viewed from space during the height of its intensity.


Damage is still being assessed after the impacts of a 13ft storm surge in the city of Tacloban and deaths are expected to exceed 10,000. On Saturday, Haiyan tracked NW across the South China Sea only gradually downgrading as it remained fuelled over the warm sea surface temperatures and monsoonal influences. By the early hours of Monday, Haiyan reached the northern coast of Vietnam with Category 1 strength consisting of 120km/h sustained winds and estimated 21ft seas.

Swell from Haiyan will continue to produce damaging seas in all areas surrounding the South China Sea through the 24hrs, with projected swell propagating significant wave heights of 3m+ of towards the south coast of China and Taiwan. The Philippines will also continue under the influence of of Haiyan as 2m waves continue to strike the west coast.

At this time, Haiyan is currently located near the border of China where it will downgrade into a Tropical depression on a northeast track over land. However, all eyes are now watching a new area of interest that is beginning to form near Palau. A Tropical Cyclone Formation Alert has just been issued for newly developed Tropical Depression (TD a) with a projected track similar to Haiyan towards the southeast coast of the Philippines. We will keep you updated as this new Tropical Depression continues to develop.

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