Super Typhoon Haiyan made landfall earlier in Guiuan with sustained winds of 195 mph and with wind gusts at or above 235 mph. The latest advisory on this storm was issued about two hours before this system made landfall, but there are no indications that this system has weakened much, if any, as it quickly approaches Tacloban. Communication has been lost to Guiuan, a town that has a population of around 47,000, which now likely has catastrophic damage.
Super Typhoon will be directly hitting the more populated city of Tacloban, which has around 218,000 residents. With absolutely no signs of weakening, a huge loss of life is expected as a result of this very powerful typhoon. As we mentioned in an earlier article, this is the same region that is still recovering from a 7.1 magnitude earthquake last month that killed over 200 and displaced thousands.
As of right now, this is the 4th strongest tropical system ever recorded and will likely be the strongest landfalling tropical system in history. The only good thing about this super typhoon is that it is moving at the fast pace of 25 mph, which will allow the system to get out of the area faster and will lower the rainfall totals. Nonetheless, flooding will occur, which will likely result in mudslides.
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Matthew Holliday is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma, where he completed a B.S. in Meteorology and a B.S. in Geographic Information Science. He is currently pursing his master's degree in meteorology and climatology at Mississippi State University. Matthew founded Firsthand Weather in 2010 as a senior in high school and maintained the site through his undergraduate career. Research that was conducted by Matthew while at OU involved determining the synoptic environment in which various types of wave clouds (including vertically propagating waves and trapped waves) develop in Boulder, Colorado and Norman, OK. Matthew also did research on spatial changes in tornado activity across the United States . The goal of this study was to determine if spatial changes in tornado activity had occurred and if those changes could be linked to changes in average surface dew point temperature. Matthew has completed coursework in dynamics, thermodynamics, cloud physics, calculus and differential equations, statistics, remote sensing, GIS, synoptic meteorology, and mesoscale meteorology. His goal is to provide his audience with a deeper understanding of what drives our weather and climate, while making it easy and enjoyable to learn.