Super Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) made landfall in the eastern Philippines early Friday morning.
With very strong winds up to 380-kph (235-mph) in Leyte province, and storm surge up to 5-meter-tall (16-foot-high), it was feared that at least 10,000 were killed in the city of Tacloban.
Looking at the aerial photos of the devastation caused by the typhoon, it looks as if the island was hit by a great tsunami rather than a typhoon.
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A day after Typhoon Haiyan, which is one of the most powerful typhoons on record lashed six islands in the Philippines, it was reported that at least 100 people were killed and many more were injured.
The super typhoon with very strong winds, massive storm surges and heavy rains damaged and destroyed buildings, road, trees that some badly hit area looks as if they are in a war zone.
AP reported that Capt. John Andrews, deputy director general of the Civil Aviation Authority, said he had received “reliable information” by radio from his staff that more than 100 bodies were lying in the streets of the city of Tacloban on hardest-hit Leyte Island.
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Below is the video of ABS-CBN News’s reporter Atom Araullo reported live at around 6:40 a.m. Friday from a street in Tacloban City during Typhoon Haiyan, which is also called Yolanda in the Philippines.
The video was aired on the ABS-CBN’s morning show “Umagang Kay Ganda” as well as on ABS-CBN’s flagship newscast “TV Patrol.”
The video showed a bad flash flood caused by storm surge brought by Typhoon Haiyan on the street where Atom Araullo had been reporting from just an hour before.
It shows the flooded street turned into a river full of debris.
Below is another ABS-CBN News’s video during Typhoon Haiyan in Tacloban City:
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At least 21 people were killed in Mexico after a hurricane and a tropical storm strikes the opposite sides of Mexico, the Gulf of Mexico and the Pacific.
Tropical Storm Manuel drenched Mexico’s southwestern Pacific shoulder Sunday while Hurricane Ingrid closed in on the country’s Gulf coast, causing heavy rains and landslides.
Civil Protection Coordinator Luis Felipe Puente said 14 people died in Guerrero, three in Hidalgo, three in Puebla and one in Oaxaca due to the disaster.
Tropical Storm Manuel, with a maximum sustained winds of about 35 mph (55 kph) was moving to the northwest at 8 mph (13 kph) late Sunday, 70 miles (110 kilometers) northwest of Manzanillo.
Manuel was expected to bring 10 to 15 inches of rain over parts of Guerrero and Michoacan state, with maximums of 25 inches in some isolated areas.
Meanwhile Hurricane Ingrid had maximum sustained winds of 75 mph (120 kph) late Sunday and was centered about 110 miles (175 kilometers) northeast of the port city of Tampico as it moved west-northwest at 6 mph (9 kph).
It is expected to make a landfall by Monday morning, most likely along Tamaulipas state’s lightly populated coast north of Tampico.
Anyway, the storm system from the outer bands of Ingrid was already dumping heavy rains in parts of Mexico.
A hurricane warning was in effect from Cabo Rojo to La Pesca.
The hurricane can bring dangerous storm surge, destructive waves and heavy rains that can cause flash floods and landslides.
Yahoo! News said that more than 1,000 homes in Veracruz state had been affected by the storm to varying degrees and 20 highways and 12 bridges were damaged by the disaster.
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Isaac came ashore late Tuesday as a Category 1 hurricane, with 80 mph winds near the mouth of the Mississippi River bringing along high winds, storm surges, and torrents of rain.
It drove a wall of water nearly 11 feet high inland.
By Wednesday mid afternoon, 19 hours after making landfall, Isaac had been downgraded to a tropical storm.
Anyway since Isaac moves very slowly, it is dumping more rain and together with the threat of storm surges it can cause more flooding in Louisiana.
Isaac that arrived exactly seven years after Hurricane Katrina did not make a direct hit on New Orleans.
It brings slashing rain and wind gusts up to 100 mph that buffeted New Orleans skyscrapers.
In Plaquemines Parish, the storm pushed water over an 18-mile levee and put so much pressure on it that authorities planned to intentionally make a hole in the floodwall to relieve the strain.
Dozens of people were stranded in the flooded coastal areas and had to be rescued.
Plaquemines Parish ordered a mandatory evacuation for the west bank of the Mississippi below Belle Chasse because of worries about a storm surge.
West of New Orleans, Tropical Storm Isaac pushed water from lakes Pontchartrain and Maurepas into parts of LaPlace that caused flooding in St. John the Baptist Parish and victims were evacuated.
The Category 1 Hurricane Isaac hit New Orleans exactly seven years after New Orleans was hit by Hurricane Katrina on August 29, 2005.
So far the new barriers built to protect the city after the 2005 Katrina disaster has not been breached.
Anyway a levee on the outskirts of New Orleans has been breached on Wednesday.
Emergency management officials in low-lying Plaquemines Parish reported the over topping of an 8-foot (2.4-meter) high levee between the Braithwaite and White Ditch districts southeast of New Orleans.
There are reports of people on their roofs and attics and 12 to 14 foot of water in their homes.
The greatest concern is an expected storm surge of between 6 and 12 feet off the Louisiana and Mississippi coasts, 4 to 8 feet along the Alabama coast and 2 to 4 feet on the Florida Panhandle.
Storm surge is when hurricane winds raise sea levels off the coast, causing flooding on land.
Farther south, water was pushed over a rural levee and flooded some homes.
Beach front roads were under water, and more than a half-million people had lost power in Louisiana.
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