To all our friends and family in the central Philippines and especially in Lawaan, Eastern Samar — we are REALLY thinking about you and praying for you as typhoon Haiyan (Philippine name “Yolanda”) approaches. Please be super-cautious and careful. CNN is saying that it is among the top 12 biggest and most destructive storms in history with winds currently of 190MPH making it a Category 5+. The scariest part is for us personally is that Samar, where our relatives live, is directly in its path……and our family members all live on or near the coastline. Rena has been on the phone a lot the last 24 hours. I know everybody in the Philippines is an expert, one way or another, at getting through typhoons — but this one really seems to be different. Please take precautions and be extra careful, and know that we’re thinking and worrying about you. Don’t understimate this one.
Here is the latest report from CNN:
Super Typhoon Haiyan, one of strongest storms ever, heads for central Philippines
(CNN) — Thousands of people in vulnerable areas of the Philippines are being relocated as the strongest storm on the planet so far this year spins toward the country.
With sustained winds of 305 kph (190 mph) and gusts as strong as 370 kph (230 mph), Super Typhoon Haiyan was churning across the Western Pacific toward the central Philippines as one of the most intense tropical cyclones ever recorded.
Its wind strength makes it equivalent to an exceptionally strong Category 5 hurricane.
The storm, known as Yolanda in the Philippines, is expected to still be a super typhoon, with winds in excess of 240 kph (149 mph), when it makes landfall Friday morning in the region of Eastern Visayas.
The storm is so large in diameter that clouds from it are affecting two-thirds of the country.