Devastation in the Philippines….Typhoon Haiyan

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by: Dominique Wilson

Typhoon Haiyan leaves 1,774 people in the Philippines dead as of right now. This number could increase as the days go by and more clean up efforts are being executed after this devastating storm.

What is a typhoon? A typhoon is a mature tropical cyclone that develops in the western part of the Pacific Ocean between 180° and 100°E. The majority of storms form between June and November whilst tropical cyclone formation is at a minimum between December and May. On average, the northwestern Pacific features the most numerous and intense tropical cyclones globally. Like other basins, they are steered by the subtropical ridge towards the west or northwest, with some systems recurving near and east of Japan. The Philippines receive a brunt of the landfalls, with China and Japan being impacted slightly less. Some of the deadliest typhoons in history have struck China. Southern China has the longest record of typhoon impacts for the region, with a thousand year sample via documents within their archives. Taiwan has received the wettest known typhoon on record for the northwest Pacific tropical cyclone basin. (Wikipedia)

Typhoon Haiyan has already killed over a thousand people with many more thousands displaced, waiting for aid and searching for food and water just to stay alive and survive. Many people in the Philippines have lost parents, children, spouses, relatives and friends during this massive disaster that hit the northwest Pacific basin. Our hearts and prayers are with those in this region of the world and for more detailed information visit http://www.cnn.com or http://www.nytimes.com. Do you have friends and family in this area of the world or are you from the Philippines? If so please share your story.

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