Friday evening update on Typhoon Haiyan / Yolanda battering the Philippines

Typhoon Haiyan / Yolanda continues to batter the central Philippines tonight.  At 5 p.m. PhST, the center of Typhoon Haiyan was positioned about 110 km south-southeast of San Jose, Occidental Mindoro, or about 165 km east-southeast of Coron, Palawan.  JMA reported the central winds at 195 km/h, gusting to 280 km/h (105G150 kt) while JTWC reported 270 km/h gusting to 325 km/h (145G175 kt), which is the equivalent of a category 5 typhoon on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Scale used in the Atlantic.

Public Storm Warning Signals remain posted throughout the central Philippines, to include Signal 4 for extreme northern Palawan, Calamian Islands, southern Occidental Mindoro, southern Oriental Mindoro, Aklan, Capiz, Antique, Iloilo, and Guimaras.

Meanwhile, Haiyan continues to pose an extreme wind threat as well as heavy rain (100-150 mm through tomorrow morning) as well as a threat for flash flooding, landslides, and storm surge.

Meanwhile, those in central and northern Vietnam will be preparing for Haiyan to strike them Sunday afternoon through Monday; those in the wake of the storm will begin the recovery phase.  Reports in the Philippines are already reporting up to four deaths.  Military forces are being dispatched to help in the recovery efforts.


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