At least four people are dead and more than 1 million have been displaced after one of the strongest storms ever recorded made landfall in the Philippines.
Super Typhoon Haiyan (which is also being called Yolanda by Filipino meteorologists) brought waves up to 30 feet and winds of 147 mph and gusts of 220 mph when it hit land. It caused mudslides and flash floods, but the country appears to have avoided major casualties.
Much of the communication throughout the country has been cut off due to the storm, so it’s impossible to gauge the full extent of the damage at this time.
While news stations have been reporting on the storm, citizens have kept the world updated with a close-up look at Haiyan’s destruction.
“I am currently in Manila, but my mom and brother are in Eastern Samar, the first place Yolanda hits,” ratiomix wrote. “I'm just thankful our neighborhood doesn't get flash floods and that they live in a solid concrete house. I can only imagine how it is for people in the coastal community.”
From the vast winds outside to the damage just outside their front doors, people are sharing YouTube videos and Twitter updates of the devastation from the storm.
Google is hosting a crowdsourced map to mark evacuation centers and hospitals on many of the islands for anyone affected.
Haiyan is the 24th storm to hit the Philippines this year. According to forecasters, the storm is expected to move out of the country by Saturday morning, when it is projected to hit Vietnam and Laos.
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