Super Typhoon Haiyan, one of strongest storms ever, hits central Philippines
It’s the strongest stom on earth this year. Casualties, evacuation, guts: read how this article from CNN describes the power of a cyclone.
With 25 million people in its path, Super Typhoon Haiyan — one of the strongest storms recorded on the planet — the Philippines on Friday morning.
As the storm across the of islands in the heart of the country, were reported, more than 100,000 people in evacuation centers and hundreds of flights were canceled.
The storm brought tremendously powerful winds ashore as it made landfall in the province of Eastern Visayas, disrupting communications with a major city in its path.
With winds of 315 kph (195 mph) and as strong as 380 kph (235 mph), Haiyan was probably the strongest tropical to hit land anywhere in the world in recorded history. It will take further analysis after the storm passes to establish whether it is a record.
As the monster storm toward the Philippines on Thursday, President Benigno S. Aquino III warned the nation that it faced a “calamity.”
to plow (or to plough) (v) to move or progress with driving force
cluster (n) a small group of people or things that are very close to each other
casualty (n) someone or something that is damaged or suffers as a result of something else
to take shelter (v) to shelter, to repair
roaring (adj) making or causing a roar, as thunder
landfall (n) the time when a storm or hurricane arrives on land
sustained (adj) continuing at the same level or rate for a long time
gust (n) a sudden strong wind
cyclone (n) a severe storm in which the wind spins in a circle
to spin (v) to turn round quickly
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