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Watch out my brothers. This one is bad - typhoon Haiyan

Discussion in 'Philippine Paradise Divers' started by Hank49, Nov 6, 2013.

  1. jbb

    jbb Photographer

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Seattle
    How long does it take for critters to come back out from hiding from these sorts of weather events? I know from experience that even small tropical storms seem to make the nudibranchs hide for awhile.
  2. clgsamson

    clgsamson Koya Kap

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Manila, Philippines
    thoughts also are of the men manning the Sierra Madre in Ayungin Shoal
  3. Mantra

    Mantra Barracuda

    # of Dives: I just don't log dives
    Location: Brisbane Australia
    Rappler.com has excellent coverage for those following along, including good live twitter coverage.

    It looks pretty bad in Tacloban. But Malapascua must be right in the bullseye for this, I'm thinking? And it's so low lying there. Must be hitting right about now.

    Any details on how Malapascua is faring would be good, and any details on where best to donate for relief efforts would be good too.
  4. DevonDiver

    DevonDiver N/A

    # of Dives: 5,000 - ∞
    Location: Subic Bay, Philippines
    Hiayan (loc: 'Yolanda') now recorded as the most powerful storm in recorded history, having exceeded all scientific intensity scales...

    Sustained winds of 190mph (305km/h) and staggering gusts of 230mph (370km/h), its "intensity has actually ticked slightly above the maximum to 8.1 on an 8.0 scale." Update: It broke 235mph.

    To put this in perspective, the terminal speed of a skydiver is just 200km/h (125mph)...

    Super typhoon Haiyan just broke all scientific intensity scales

  5. DevonDiver

    DevonDiver N/A

    # of Dives: 5,000 - ∞
    Location: Subic Bay, Philippines
    6m storm surge from Super-Typhoon 'Haiyan' hits Tacloban City, Philippines, "like a Tsunami"...

    Floodwaters-carry-debris--010.jpg haiyan yolanda typhoon tacloban storm surge.jpg tacloban haiyan typhoon 2013.jpg tacloban haiyan typhoon.jpg
  6. chillyinCanada

    chillyinCanada ScubaBoard Supporter Staff Member ScubaBoard Supporter

    Devondiver and other Philippines scubaboard members where are you hunkering down?
  7. DevonDiver

    DevonDiver N/A

    # of Dives: 5,000 - ∞
    Location: Subic Bay, Philippines
    I'm here in Subic. We're on a storm warning (diving cancelled), but the conditions aren't bad (yet). We're expecting our turn tomorrow morning as the storm moves W-N-W and passes below us.

    My thoughts are with those in the central regions, especially Matt Reed and his crew at Evolution in Malapascua, which was right in the track.

    ---------- Post added November 8th, 2013 at 02:55 PM ----------

    Heavy rains reached Subic Bay in the last 20 minutes..
  8. Tippytoes12

    Tippytoes12 Manta Ray

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: UK
    I have just seen on Ocean Vidas facebook page that the resort has been boarded up and the guests taken to Cebu. Let's hope this passes soon x
  9. Hank49

    Hank49 Solo Diver

    I've been staying in touch with a friend on Boracay and another in Iloilo. The eye seems to have passed Boracay. He's okay. Lot of broken trees but he says everyone seems to be ok.
    It's moving fast so should be over in a couple hours there.
  10. DevonDiver

    DevonDiver N/A

    # of Dives: 5,000 - ∞
    Location: Subic Bay, Philippines
    The effects are starting to present here in Subic. Looks like Manila/Subic/Luzon might take a hit, despite the storm passing below us:

    NASA: 'Yolanda's' strong side could affect Metro Manila | ABS-CBN News


    ---------- Post added November 8th, 2013 at 07:31 PM ----------

    BBC News: In pictures - Typhoon Haiyan

    BBC News: Monster storm roars into Philippines

    Sky News: Super Typhoon Haiyan Hits The Philippines

    ---------- Post added November 8th, 2013 at 07:40 PM ----------

    Dr. Jeff Masters' WunderBlog : Super Typhoon Haiyan: Strongest Landfalling Tropical Cyclone on Record | Weather Underground

    Extreme damage likely in the Philippines
    Wind damage in Guiuan (population 47,000) must have been catastrophic, perhaps the greatest wind damage any city on Earth has endured from a tropical cyclone in the past century. A massive storm surge must have also caused great destruction along a 20-mile swath to the north of where the eye hit, where Project NOAH was predicting a 17’ (5.3 meter) storm tide.

    Wind damage will also be extreme in Tacloban, population 221,000, the capital of the province of Leyte. Much of Tacloban is at elevations less than ten feet, and the most recent storm surge forecast made by the Philippines' Project NOAH calls for a storm tide (the combined height of the surge plus the tide) of 12’ (3.6 meters) in Tacloban. The northern (strong) part of Haiyan’s eyewall is now battering the southern part of the city. Haiyan’s winds, rains, and storm surge will cause widespread devastation throughout the Central Philippines during the day, though the storm’s fast forward speed of 25 mph will cut down on the total rainfall amounts, compared to typical typhoons that affect the Philippines.

    Hopefully, this will substantially recede the death toll due to flash flooding, which is usually the biggest killer in Philippine typhoons. Once Haiyan exits into the South China Sea, it will steadily decay, due to colder waters and higher wind shear. However, it will still be a formidable Category 1 or 2 typhoon when it hits Vietnam and Laos, and I expect that the 12+ inches of rain that the storm will dump on those nations will make it a top-five most expensive natural disaster in their history. Early on Thursday, Haiyan hit the island of Kayangel, 24 kilometres north of Palau's capital, Koror. Damage was heavy, with many homes damaged or destroyed, but there were no injuries among the island’s 69 inhabitants.

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