It’s been referred with several monikers yet none of them appealing mostly frightening. It’s a mega-typhoon, a monster storm, a super typhoon. It falls under Category 5, the highest Hurricane classification in the scale.
One best fitting depiction cited by a CNN broadcaster yesterday (November 8), was that “Yolanda was a beast.”
Yolanda (international name Haiyan) packed a wallop. International news agencies monitored its path and aftermath as though they were covering a military invasion of mammoth proportions.
Yolanda packed winds of such velocity and terror that no instrument had been devised to measure it. Existing meteorological instruments could measure only about 250 kilometers per hour. But Yolanda was estimated to be churning destructive winds of about 315 kilometer per hour that existing measuring device will break before it can record the speed.
As how to determine the gravity of damage Yolanda had caused, only the word “catastrophic” had repeatedly been mentioned to describe its aftermath.
Nothing like it had visited Earth. It was the mother of all typhoons and could possibly be the strongest typhoon in world history.
November 8, 2013
Fahud, Northern Oman
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