Typhoon Leaves Path Of Destruction, Death Across Philippines
It was one of the strongest storms ever to form, and last Friday, Super Typhoon Hayian, or “Yolanda” as some called the storm, made a devastating landfall over 6 central Philippians islands on Friday with winds believed to have been as high as 190 mph.
The cloud shield from the storm stretched over 1200 miles and was captured by the crew of the International Space Station. The destructive, hurricane force winds stretched out almost 300 miles.
To get an idea of the scope and size of the storm, imagine a path of destruction from western Indiana, across Ohio, over into central Pennsylvania.
Today, authorities are just beginning to get a handle on the amount of destruction the storm caused. The Philippian Red Cross estimates at least 1,200 people died in the storm, and they said it is realistic the death toll may climb to as many as 10,000 as officials make their way to remote areas made inaccessible after the storm. The United Nations reports there could be over 400,000 displaced from the storm.
There are reports out of Tacloban City that many people in the affected area haven’t had access to food or fresh water for 3 days.
“We don’t need your pity, we just need your help!” said a resident of Tacloban City.
There is still no electricity and it is likely it may be months before power is restored. There is a fear of fire from lighting candles due to gas leaks.
Early this morning, Typhoon Hayian made its final landfall in northern Vietnam as a much weaker storm. Still though, Vietnamese State Media reported that so far, 13 people have died in that country from winds and flooding, with over 80 people injured.
10TV's Eric Elwell did speak with a Columbus resident, Rhea Wright this afternoon, who has family back in the Philippians. While was unable to talk to me on camera, she did tell me she finally heard from her family late last night.
She says her family member’s report massive destruction, and people are walking in the streets looking for food and clothes. Rhea also says that cell phone service is so sparse, that communication has been very difficult. They are hoping that international aid will soon arrive.