Super Typhoon Haiyan could possibly be the worst storm on record, blowing across the Western Pacific toward the central Philippines. With predicted winds of 190mph and gusts already breaking 235mph, “intensity has actually ticked slightly above the maximum to 8.1 on an 8.0 scale.” says Quartz, meteorologist Eric Holthaus. The storm beat “Wilma (2005) in intensity by 5mph—that was the strongest storm ever in the Atlantic,” which makes it a member of the select club ofWorst Storms Ever in the Planet. Only three other storms since 1969 have reached this intensity.
The storm is so large it’s affecting clouds in 2/3 of the world, with a storm diameter of about 500 miles. Over 125,000 people have been evacuated to close by regions not expected to have severe damages.
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