|Typhoon Haiyan in a satellite photo Saturday from the|
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
Regiem-Melech H. Ocampo
SILANG, Cavite, Philippines – Though Typhoon Haiyan made landfall about 500 kilometers away, we still felt its intensity.
Strong winds blew and it even removed the tarp in front of our house that keeps the rain from getting into our terrace.
Rain is pouring down hard as well.
I felt terrible, but not because I’m afraid of the storm. Instead I imagined what the people in Visayas may have experienced near the center of the typhoon.
I thought about the wind howling and the strong rain outside and how much more of it there would be in the direct path of the typhoon, the strongest to hit the Philippines and easily the most severe storm this year.
There are reports of death and injury, sadly, so I am thankful the storm did not come any closer to my home.
Weather officials said the storm had sustained winds of 235 kilometers per hour, or 147 miles an hour, when it came ashore.
It is expected to hit the coast of Vietnam by Monday after passing through the South China Sea.
|Typhoon Haiyan location, as plotted by NOAA|