1,200 Feared Dead From 'devastating' Haiyan

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November 09, 2013 AT 8:09 AM
Up to 1,200 people are feared dead after Super Typhoon Haiyan - one of the most powerful storms ever recorded - slammed into the central islands of the Philippines. That death toll estimate, made by Gwendolyn Pang, secretary-general of the Philippine Red Cross, was culled by field reports from relief organizations' workers. Three hours before landfall, the Joint Typhoon Warning Center assessed Haiyan's sustained winds at 195 mph, gusting to 235 mph, making it the fourth-strongest tropical cyclone in world history. The warning center uses satellites to estimate the wind speed of typhoons and hurricanes. This is equivalent to a strong Category 5 hurricane.