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 founded Firsthand Weather in July 2010. He attends the University of Oklahoma and is expected to graduate in May 2017 with a B.S. in Meteorology and a B.S. in Geographic Information Science along with a minor in Mathematics. While Matthew regularly provides short-range weather forecasts for his audience through a weekly newsletter and daily posts on social media, his specialty is in long-range and seasonal forecasting, and he utilizes his own research coupled with the latest peer-reviewed research to come up with the most accurate forecasts possible. Matthew’s latest research at the university level has involved determining Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM) performance in the tropics, a region that has a much lower density of rain gauges to take accurate rainfall measurements. 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.