Here is a visible satellite image of Super Typhoon Hiayan prior to landfall in the Philippines from Thursday afternoon.
The storm is very impressive. Here are a few factoids about the storm.
- Super Typhoon Haiyan had 195 mph sustained winds with gusts to 235 mph prior to Philippines landfall.
- From a NOAA employeee: Super Typhoon Haiyan at 195mph (sustained winds) and wind gusts to 235mph is worse than Hurricane Andrew, on par with Hurricane Mitch and much worse than Hurricane Katrina.
- Satellite estimates of Super Typhoon Haiyan's central barometric pressure is 25.34" (or 858mb). If true, this would make the storm the earth's most intense on record.
- Wave heights have been measured at 44-50 feet.
- The same area being hit by the super typhoon experienced a 7.1-magnitude earthquake last month, killing 222 people.
The last forecast track I saw from the U.S. Navy suggests the storm will move back out over the South China Sea and the storm will make a second landfall in Vietnam in a couple of days.
As I saw someone say earlier... This is an international storm that will require international response.