Strongest typhoon of the year makes landfall in the Philippines
AP: The world’s strongest typhoon of the year made landfall in the Philippines with sustained winds at 234 kilometers (145 miles) per hour and gusts of 275 kph (170.88 mph), a local weather bureau reported.
"There will be catastrophic damage," said Jeff Masters, a former hurricane meteorologist who is meteorology director at the private firm Weather Underground.
The U.S. Navy’s Joint Typhoon Warning Center in Hawaii shortly before landfall said Typhoon Haiyan’s maximum sustained winds were 314 kilometers per hour (195 mph), with gusts up to 379 kilometers per hour (235 mph).
"195-mile-per-hour winds, there aren’t too many buildings constructed that can withstand that kind of wind," Masters said.
Typhoon Haiyan is poised to be the strongest ever recorded at landfall. Thousands of people in the typhoon’s path have been evacuated.
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