Last Friday one of the strongest storms in recorded history struck the Philippines. According to the United Nations more than 11 million people are believed to be affected by Typhoon Haiyan. Over 670,000 people have been displaced. Entire towns have been devastated leaving many without water, shelter or any way of contacting their families at home and abroad.
We hear from Yeb Sano, who is in Poland serving as the head of the Philippines' delegation at the UN climate talks, and Seattle resident Justice Beitzel, who has lost five family members to the storm thus far.
Satellite photo of Typhoon Haiyan as it crosses the Philippines, 11/8/2013, at 12:30 a.m. EST. One of the most powerful typhoons ever recorded, weather officials say that Haiyan had sustained winds at 147 mph, with gusts of 170 mph when it made landfall.
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Residents living near the slopes of Mayon volcano are evacuated, Nov. 7, 2013,to public schools by police in anticipation of the powerful Typhoon Haiyan in central Philippines.
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Debris litter the road by the coastal village in Legazpi city following a storm surge brought about by powerful Typhoon Haiyan in Albay province, Nov. 8, 2013, about 325 miles south of Manila, Philippines.
Typhoon Haiyan is battering the central Philippines with sustained winds of up to 199 mph. Meteorologists say that if initial estimates based on satellite images are borne out, it could be the most powerful storm ever to make landfall.