Philippines Typhoon kills more than 100
Updated On: Nov 08 2013 08:15:08 PM CST
A civil aviation official in the Philippines says he has received a report that more than 100 bodies are lying in the streets of a central city ravaged by Typhoon Haiyan.
Capt. John Andrews, deputy director general of the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines, says more than 100 others have been injured in the city of Tacloban on Leyte Island, where one of the strongest storms on record slammed on Friday.
Secretary of State John Kerry says America stands ready to help the Philippines recover.
Hundreds of thousands of people have been forced from their homes and power and communications are still out in several provinces.
But officials say the island nation appears to have avoided a major disaster because the rapidly moving storm blew away before wreaking more damage.
Weather officials say the typhoon had sustained winds of 147 mph with gusts of 170 mph when it made landfall Thursday. By those measurements, it would be comparable to a strong Category 4 hurricane in the U.S., nearly in the top category, a 5.
Hurricanes, cyclones and typhoons are the same thing. They are just called different names in different parts of the world.
The typhoon left the Philippines early Saturday on a path toward Southeast Asia. Forecasters say the storm is expected to pick up renewed strength over the South China Sea on its way toward Vietnam.
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