|Typhoon Haiyan, also known as Typhoon Yolanda, photo courtesy of ABC News|
Max Sustained Winds: 195MPH with gusts to 235MPH
Eye measurements: 338 Kilometers (211 Miles)
U.S. Navy Joint Typhoon Warning Center Information:
"The strongest tropical cyclone in the world this year. Cyclone Phailin, which hit eastern India on Oct. 12, packed sustained winds of up to 222 kph (138 mph) and stronger gusts."
JMV 3.0 Data
Google Earth Graphic Overlay
Multi-Spectral Satellite Imagery
Satellite Fix Bulletin
Typhoon Activity / Travel Path Prediction: Not expected to directly hit Manila further north. The lowest alert in a four-level typhoon warning system was issued in the flood-prone capital area, meaning it could experience winds of up to 60 kph (37 mph) and rain.
All of the above information gleaned from the Associated Press. Full story here
Meterologist Tom Skilling posted these images from CIMSS (Cooperative Institute for Meterorological Satellite Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison)
Here is video from the NOAA posted by WestPacWx on November 6th, 2013
The American Radio Relay League released a news report that said MARS operators have recently performed and successfully finished a simulated event involving total loss of all communications including internet. Part of that statement said this: "During the final day of the exercise, MARS members also acted on a real-world request from DoD to be prepared to monitor International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) emergency frequencies as Typhoon Haiyan appeared poised to develop into a category 5 storm and strike the Philippines."
The Hurricane VOIP net is currently NOT activated, even though doing so could be extremely helpful as an act of humanitarian international good will.
Shortwave America is covering this live as news and other pertinent information continues to come in. National Geographic has this coverage.
Korean Coms-1 Satellite imagery
New statement from Tom Skilling: "All communications have ceased"
Update from the Malaysian Amateur Radio League:
In the wake of Typhoon Haiyan being hit Philippines, the Phillipines Amateur Radio Association (ITS) has allocated frequencies and frequency 2m 40m 7.095MHz 144.740MHz as Emergency Line. Amateur radio stations especially in the East Coast and North Sulawesi asked to monitor the 2m band especially 144.740MHz for emergency calls. Please QSP at the transmitter over if they receive any emergency calls from abroad, so that the senior partners can convey information to the relevant agencies.