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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.

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:
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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)

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