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Super Typhoon Haiyan Makes Landfall in Central Philippines

One of the most powerful tropical cyclones ever recorded.
Super Typhoon Haiyan has made landfall in the central Philippines
and is closing in on Tacloban City, capital of the province of Leyte
with sustained winds of 195 mph and gusts up to 235 mph. This 
makes it equivalent to an exceptionally strong category 5 hurricane
on the Saffir-Simpson scale used to rate hurricane intensity in the
Atlantic. 

Haiyan is one of the most powerful tropical cyclones in recorded 
history. Mass destruction and loss of life is expected with Haiyan 
as it tracks across the island nation. 

Tropical cyclones in the western Pacific Ocean are called typhoons. 
They are called hurricanes in the Atlantic and cyclones in the Indian Ocean. 

Watch this live satellite loop of Haiyan as it tracks through the Philippines
http://1.usa.gov/1fmm1zG

Meteorologist Eric Jeansonne


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