Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) continues to weaken as it finally exits the Philippine Area of Responsibility. The system is now moving across the South China Sea with winds of 165kph and gusts of up to 240kph according to the Japan Meteorological Agency. This is also the first full day that allowed government officials and rescue teams to assess the damage out in the Philippines. We continue to get reports, images, and videos of widespread devastation in many islands especially in Samar and Leyte.
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Typhoon Haiyan will now be moving towards Vietnam and the latest track from JMA above takes the center of Haiyan towards Northern Vietnam, near the city of Hanoi by Monday morning. The Red River Delta region is home to nearly 20 million people living in low-lying flat lands that will be susceptible to flooding and storm surge once the storm hits. Even parts of Laos and Southwestern China (Hainan Island) could see serious stormy conditions.
Meanwhile, while we really do not want to induce panic to everyone, we are watching a cluster of thunderstorms thousands of kilometers away from the Philippines. Some computer models develop this disturbance into a tropical storm that could affect the Philippines by next week. Please note that all this is uncertain and that we’ll keep you updated on the latest.