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Supertyphoon Haiyan Smashes Into The Philippines

on November 8, 2013

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Update, Nov. 08, 9:11 ET:

Officials say that there have been more than 100 deaths so far in the wake of supertyphoon Haiyan (known as Yolanda in the Philippines). Despite making five landfalls, the storm has maintained its strength and steady westward pace, and will affect the capital Manila with heavy rain and harsh winds at 5 or 6 pm local time. Haiyan is expected to exit the Philippine Area of Responsibility early Saturday morning (local time) and continue toward Vietnam, however with diminished power.

A total of 453 flights, 445 domestic and eight international, have been cancelled.

Haiyan is reported to have surpassed the Dvorak scale, commonly used to estimate typhoon intensity. According to Dr. Jeff Masters at wunderground.com, Haiyan made landfall at 310 kph, making it the strongest typhoon to reach land in recorded history.

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