Landfall of Super Typhoon “HAIYAN” is underway, at a full Category FIVE status. Literally being called “the strongest tropical storm ever on record”.
Sustained winds at 195mph, gusts up to 235mph !
The storm brought tremendously powerful winds roaring ashore as it made landfall in the province of Eastern Visayas, disrupting communications with a major city in its path.
With sustained winds of 315 kph (195 mph) and gusts as strong as 380 kph (235 mph), Haiyan was probably the strongest tropical cyclone to hit land anywhere in the world in recorded history. It will take further analysis after the storm passes to establish whether it is a record.
Here are two must have links for monitoring this very strong storm:
Latest polar shot (northern hemisphere): Haiyan showing extremely high / cold cloud tops (blue):
Latest .gif animations from NOAA and CIMSS/SSEC: