Typhoon in the Philippines


David Vavrinak, Junior Staff Writer

On November 8th of this year, tragedy struck in the Philippines when the massive tropical cyclone Typhoontyphoon-haiyan-space Haiyan devastated the area. Known by the Filipinos as Typhoon Yolanda, this is the strongest storm ever recorded at landfall. With winds up to 195 mph, this superstorm is ranked as a class 5 typhoon; the highest classification of a typhoon. Hurricanes are categorized by the Saffir-Simpson scale, which has rankings from base 1 to 5. Typhoon Haiyan is 1 of 4 category 5 typoons to hit during the 2013 Hurricane season. Hurricanes, which are not to be confused with tornadoes, rely on the warm condensation above the oceans to form a storm cell. This is the reason hurricans tend to dissapate on land, whereas tornadoes gain power and strength on land. According to www.geography.learnontheinternet.co.uk, tornadoes are generally much smaller (in fact, about 300 times smaller,) and form above land.

This storm has caused nearly $2.4 billion USD in damage, and is responsible for nearly 5,700 deaths; making it the 2nd deadliest typhoon to ever strike. An article on www.stripes.com said that the United States responded by sending over 1,100 ground troops and 1,900 more on ships, and claims that “the military has run airfields, purified water, distributed relief supplies and evacuated 20,000 Haiyan survivors.” Associate dean at Indiana University’s Lilly Family School of Philanthropy Patrick Rooney believes that the individual donations given to the relief fund will total to nearly $1 billion dollars (according to USA Today).

To donate to help this cause through UNICEF, you may visit this website*: https://secure.unicefusa.org/site/Donation2;jsessionid=9D953699F43FB7BC69FA93143CCF76D6.app245a?idb=1072963325&df_id=16500&16500.donation=form1&utm_campaign=philippines&utm_source=bing&utm_medium=cpc

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