While the Western hemisphere wonders what happened to hurricane season, the Eastern hemishpere has had more than its share. One of the most powerful typhoons in recorded history is bearing down on the Philippines.
Typhoon Haiyan, also known as Yolanda, is a category 5 storm with sustained winds of 195 miles per hour, with gusts up to 235 mph. It is expected to reach Leyte in a few hours, with its path crossing near Tacloban and Cebu. Storm surges may be as much as 17 feet, and several inches of rain are expected to cause mudslides. The coastal areas in Haiyan's path are being evacuated. The Washington Post website is updating information as it comes in. -via Digg
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