What was Super Typhoon Yolanda Really Like?

As we observe the 3rd anniversary of the devastation of Super-Typhoon Yolanda, let me reblog a series of articles to remind us of the tragedy, the acts of heroism, the resilience and the lessons learned the hard way. Super-Typhoon Yolanda was the deadliest storm ever to have landed in the Philippines.

Color My World

20131119-215906.jpgDuring the past few days, I’ve been bombarded by a lot of questions about Super Typhoon Yolanda. About the preparations and precautions taken, about the people’s reactions, about how strong Yolanda was, about how come there were so many casualties, about immediate actions after the storm, about the complaints on the aid distribution, and so on and so forth.

There have been a lot of anguish and finger-pointing, as the ongoing relief operations, plus the rest of the activities that go hand-in-hand with it,  were tested to the max by what was  dubbed as the strongest, most powerful of all Super Typhoons to ever hit  land for 2013.

For our American friends who are wondering how strong it was, my colleague, Dan Backus, provided this great comparison. Imagine yourself facing a category F5 tornado, with wind speeds of over 200mph.

20131119-220015.jpgBut then tornadoes usually last 2-5 minutes, usually exhaust themselves…

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