Update (11/11/13): Typhoon Haiyan: 'State of calamity' in the Philippines, 10,000+ feared dead
Is global warming to blame?Scientists will say that it's impossible to link a single weather event to climate change, and so we can't be certain if without the warming of our planet's atmosphere and oceans super typhoon Haiyan would've been weaker. But we do know that warm water is hurricane and typhoon fuel, so it's not such a stretch to ask the question, especially after the series of record-breaking storms that we've seen in the past decade.
CNN writes: "With sustained winds of 315 kph (195 mph) and gusts as strong as 380 kph (235 mph), Haiyan may be the strongest tropical cyclone to hit land anywhere in recorded history. It will take further analysis after the storm passes to establish whether it is a record."
315 kph/195 mph sustained! It only takes 252 kph to be declared a category 5 storm, so this is a super-strong 5.
When hurricane Katrina made its landfall in the Gulf Coast, it had sustained winds of 205 kph/125 mph, and Super Storm Sandy's highest sustained winds were of 185 kph/115 mph. This doesn't take away from the destruction caused by these storms, but it does put in perspective just how strong Super Typhoon Haiyan is!
If you want to know where it is right now, the super typhoon is being tracked in real-time by the Hong Kong Observatory.