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Sunday, November 10, 2013

Tropical Cyclone HAIYAN (international) - YOLANDA (Philippines)

TRAIL OF DESTRUCTION shows houses destroyed by the strong winds caused by Typhoon Yolanda in Tacloban City. AFP
Sta. Barbara

Although there is not much to report on the latest typhoon Haiyan [Yolanda] from our perspective in the province of Pangasinan, north Luzon, I still want to post our experience and some facts on my blog to inform family and other interested friends.

To summarize we have not had much nuisance from this typhoon. When the typhoon made it's first - of the total of 5 - landfall last Friday November 8 at 4.40 am (see map below with the eye track), the weather here (200 km north of Manila) was excellent. 

Courtesy Hong Kong Observatory

Only Saturday November 9 it became quite windy. I measured winds of 30 kph and gusts of 40 kph. We had almost no rainfall the last couple of days, and while writing this post, the weather is excellent again.

I followed the news on what happened via Internet, CNN and Al Jazeera, as strangely enough only on Friday and Saturday major local TV stations reported on the typhoon and its devastating effect, but now, Sunday, the regular programs go on, and only news bulletins give info, there is here no one station that reports 24 hours on the disaster.

I am afraid that the number of casualties reported as 1000+, will become much higher as soon as communication infrastructure is restored and relieve programs from abroad will reveal what really happened on the many islands affected by this typhoon.

We are very lucky that this monster typhoon was this time hitting the Visaya's and not north Luzon.


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