Typhoon Haiyan

Friday, November 15, 2013

Typhoon Haiyan approaching the Philippines.

On November 2, an area of low pressure was found southeast of Pohnpei in the Federated States of Micronesiaon.

On November 3, it was classified as a tropical storm.

On November 4, it began a period of rapid intensification.

On November 5, it reached typhoon intensity.

On November 6, the typhoon was recognized as a Category 5-equivalent super typhoon.

On November 7, the cyclone first touched land in the Philippines. The storm made five additional landfalls in the Philippines.

On November 10, it struck northern Vietnam.


This 'super-typhoon' that left almost 3,633 dead and caused almost $1.06 billion in damages is known as Typhoon Haiyan or Typhoon Yolanda in the Philippines. Over a course of eight days, this typhoon ended up hitting Micronesia, the Philippines, Southern China, and Vietnam. It is the 30th named storm of the 2013 Pacific typhoon season and may be the strongest tropical cyclone to make a landfall on record.

The most destruction was caused in the central Philippines where the governor estimated that at least 10,000 people may have died in the city of Tacloban alone. All info from Wikipedia.

Now it's been more than a week since disaster struck and according to CNN, the nation's disaster agency said that more than 9 million people were affected in 44 provinces and 55 cities, almost 2 million were displaced, with about 400,000 of them finding shelter inside evacuation centers. To stay updated you can visit the CNN website here.

Mother nature works in mysterious ways but we have to recognize the tragedy and help in any way we can. Many websites like Facebook, Twitter and Tumblr are helping raise awareness and trying to get its users to donate to the get the victims of this disaster the help they need. 

Apple is also trying to help. All donations made through these social media sites are going to the American Red Cross. According to the Red Cross website, they have contributed an initial $6 million as a global response to Typhoon Haiyan. To read more about the Red Cross's efforts, click here.

It's times like these where I'm so incredibly thankful that I woke up today. That I got to eat breakfast, lunch, dinner and a few snacks in between. That I got to see my family and friends. That I'm sitting here in my room, with a roof over my head and heat on to keep me warm. I just wanted to take time to try to help in any way that I can, even if it's just a blog post. I hope that you will be able to help more than I can right now but anything helps! Also remember, always be thankful for what you have!

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