The statistics sound a bit like Superstorm Sandy. The destruction from Super Typhoon Haiyan is expected to be catastrophic. Storm clouds covered the entire Philippines, stretching 1,120 miles — equal to a distance between Florida and Canada. The deadly wind field, or tropical storm force winds, covered an area the size of Montana or Germany.
The typhoon first roared onto the country’s eastern island of Samar at 4:30 a.m. Friday, flooding streets and knocking out power and communications in many areas of the region of Eastern Visayas, and then continued its march, barreling into five other Philippine islands.
Then, predawn Saturday, after having its way with the Philippines, it headed toward Vietnam.
By Saturday Haiyan had weakened and was no longer a super typhoon but rather a typhoon with sustained winds of 230 kph (145 mph). The storm could return to super typhoon status Saturday before its projected landfall in Vietnam on Sunday. Haiyan was over the South China Sea on Saturday morning. Pretty impressive.