One of the Most Powerful Typhoons Ever Recorded Strikes Philippines

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According to catastrophe modeling firm AIR Worldwide, Super Typhoon Haiyan, one of the most powerful tropical cyclones since modern record-keeping began, made  landfall at 5:00 a.m. local time on November 8, 2013 (21:00 UTC on November 7) near Guiuan, on the Philippine island of Samar. At that time, the Japan Meteorological  Agency (JMA) estimated a minimum central pressure of 895 millibars and maximum 10-minute sustained wind speeds of 266 km/h (165 mph). The Joint Typhoon Warning Center estimated maximum sustained wind speeds of 305 km/h (190 mph). According to AIR, since…

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Tropical Cyclone Utor Slams Philippines, Heads Towards China’s Coast

According to catastrophe modeling firm AIR Worldwide, Typhoon Utor slammed into the northern Philippine island of Luzon on Monday, August 12, at around 3:00 pm local time (7:00 UTC) with 10-minute sustained winds of 175 km/h (109 mph, JMA), gusts of up to 210 km/h (130 mph, JMA), and waves up to 2.5 meters high. Utor’s strength at landfall was a Category 4 Super Typhoon, but it  weakened to a Category 2 as it moved over the island. Once again over warm open waters of the South China Sea (with…

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