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
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
Meteorologist Eric Jeansonne
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