Super Typhoon Haiyan Closes in on the Philippines With 190 mph Sustained Winds ~Dr. Jeff Masters, Wunderblog
~MODIS satellite image of Super
Typhoon Haiyan taken at 4:25 UTC November 7, 2013. At the time, Haiyan
was a Category 5 storm with top winds of 175 mph. The Philippines are
visible at the left of the image, and the Caroline Islands at the lower right. Image credit: NASA.
Super Typhoon Haiyan
is one of the most intense tropical cyclones in world history, with
sustained winds an incredible 190 mph, gusting to 230 mph, said the
Joint Typhoon Warning Center in their 15 UTC (10 am EST) November 7,
2013 advisory. Haiyan has the most spectacular appearance I've ever seen on satellite loops,
with a prominent eye surrounded by a huge, impenetrable-looking mass of
intense eyewall thunderstorms with tops that reach into the lower
stratosphere. With landfall expected to occur by 21 UTC (4 pm EST) on
Thursday, Haiyan doesn't have time to weaken much before landfall, and
will likely hit the Philippines at Category 5 strength.