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Super Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan)    
  
Super Typhoon Yolanda (international name Haiyan) struck the East Coast of the Visayas early in the morning of Friday 8 November 2013. The eye of the category 5 typhoon passed between the southern tip of the Guiuan Peninsular and Homonhon Island before crossing the Leyte Gulf and striking the East coast of Leyte. The centre of the typhoon crossed the coast in the municipality of Tolosa. The eye was about 20 kilometres wide, stretching from Tanauan in the north to Dulag in the south. The whole of Tolosa municipality was within the eye of the storm.
Path



With sustained winds of 320kph and gusts up to 380kph, Yolanda was a very powerful typhoon said to be 'the strongest ever at the time of landfall' [Scientific American]. It was also the deadliest  typhoon ever to hit the Philippines, Tthe death toll is likely to top 8,000, with more than 27,000 injured. Property damage is immense with all but the strongest concrete buildings destroyed. Most of the stonger buildings were damaged with loss of roofing and storm surge damage inside. For a comprehensive scientific analysis of what caused  this typhoon to be so powerful, watch this video:
Mega Storm: World's Biggest Typhoon.


Our family and neighbours huddle on the first floor of our house extension (under construction)
to avoid the storm surge. (Pic Mark Paul Pamen)

The Provincial Capital, Tacloban was badly hit by the storm surge because it is situated on a small peninsular. The storm surge was higher there because of water coning in from both sides and the funneling effect of the waves coming through San Pedro Bay. The death toll there was very high because of the densely populated shanty towns along the water edge.  It is believed that more deaths were caused by drowning in the storm surge than by the ferocious winds.    


The scene outside our house in Cabuynan, Tanauan, Leyte immediately after the storm.  (Pic Clezel Resano)

Articles:  
   Mammoth Medical Mission in Tanauan      
   Was Haiyan a Record Storm?   
   Washington Post  
   The Aftermath, The Age    
    I Thought it was our End
   15 Things Only Haiyan  Survivors will Completely Understand 
   New: RAPPLER      
  
New: iCyclone.com article     

Images: 
   Lorenzo Moscia - Haiyan Aftremath
   Best 50 Media Pics  
   Before and After    
   Path Images          
   My Post Yolanda 2014 Pics  
  
   SBS 7 Months After    
   Google Pics    

Videos:
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   iCyclone 

  
Lorenzo Moscia - Haiyan Tacloban  
   "Untitled (Taiwan) 
  
Mega Storm: World's Biggest Typhoon  
   Typhoon Chasers Video  
  Typhoon Haiyan Aftermath 
  Storm Surge  
  Moving on After Yolanda - Tanauan Style
  San Rafael Evacuation - Eric Lagunzad  
  Satellite  
  Jessica Soho
 
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