As Twitchy reported, Super Typhoon Haiyan (known as Yolanda in the Philippines) made landfall in the Philippines earlier today, bringing sustained winds of 195 mph and gusts up to 236 mph. Photos and video of the damage are beginning to be posted online hours later, and the images only hint at the power of the storm.

Twitchy will update this post as photos and video become available.

  • Maxx

    One would be hard pressed to visit a country where the smiles are as wide as a Filipino child’s. My thoughts and prayers go out to this wonderful land and its people.

    This one looks to be a record breaker, strength-wise.

    • Clayton Grant

      I’m sure Al Gore will make a statement tomorrow.

      • Agent Carmichael

        In between breakfast and early lunch!

        • Texan357

          There are many climate alarmist blogs, but only one climate alarmist blob.

          • filter

            LOL, like that.

        • spaceycakes

          between 2nd breakfast and 1st lunch

      • Texan357

        I’m sure Al Gore will make a statement tomorrow.

        You aren’t joking, either.

        “The Goracle, available through a video feed from his conspicuously beachfront property mansion, bloviated – in stark defiance of logic – the following: `CLLLLLIMATECHANGEGLOBALWARMING!@#”

    • Texan357

      This one looks to be a record breaker, strength-wise

      You aren’t joking.

    • John Thomas “Jack” Ward III

      My Aunt served with the Peace Corps over in the Phillipines during the sixties…I can imagine the extreme conditions she went through…Typhoons, Earthquakes, Volcanoes, mudslides…Despite modern technology, it’s still the same story, these people still suffer these extreme conditions today… I pray they make it through this okay… Jawamax 8<{D}

  • Bristel

    My prayers for the Philippines. So soon after another typhoon killed a thousand and the large earthquake too.

  • Texan357

    I got an earful about this lunacy since one of my best friends (my next-door neighbor, a Democrat gun-nut; do not ask me how that works) is a crane mechanic who spends almost all of his time at work offshore on oil rigs. He’s got a one-month gig in Australia coming up this Saturday. This monstrosity is perilously close to Oz

    This thing is a beast – last I heard, sustained winds of 196mph.I just thank God he wasn’t out there earlier – and he probably would have been, if he hadn’t been injured.

    • Taco Boutit

      “a crane mechanic who spends almost all of his time at work offshore on oil rigs”

      Union guy. That’s how that works.

  • descolada9

    Thankfully, I just heard from one of my friends in Manilla and she and the baby are fine. Thank God!

    • ozconservative

      I don’t think Manila got the brunt of it, just heavy rain.

  • I.m. Strandedinsonoma

    According to the NOAA, they estimate that the barometric pressure to be 858 millibars (25.34 inches of mercury). You can’t find 858 millibars on your home barometer because the scale doesn’t go that low. A typical day is 1013 millibars or 29.92 inches of mercury. The previous low pressure in a Pacific typhoon was 870 millibars with Typhoon Tip in 1979. That is also the lowest recorded pressure, EVER, on planet Earth. The lowest pressure in an Atlantic hurricane is 882 millibars with Hurricane Wilma in 2005.

    This is very bad.

    • filter

      Um, lowest on recent human record. Measurements weren’t done in the last couple of hundred years, until they have that kind of data, calling this the worst ever isn’t verifiable.

      Ida in 1958 was 877 millibars, 17 yrs later it was surpassed by Typhoon June 17 years later but there were no records of the millibars.
      According to wiki….

  • filter

    Man those poor people, this is like a one, two, three punch.
    Hope there are hardly any fatalities.

  • ozconservative

    My fiancee is supposed to be flying out of Manila tomorrow to come visit me here in Australia. Been stressing out waiting on word of her and her family.

    • DWAAP

      Praying all is well for you!

  • John Thomas “Jack” Ward III

    I’ve lived through Hurricanes (not as bad as this, though), and I hope my Facebok friends #MichElle etc. are safe and dry… Jawamax 8<{D}

  • Yeeheecom

    My wife’s family lives about 70 miles north of Tacloban. Last we heard from them was they lost electricity and they was getting hard rain and it was scary. So until electricity is restored and they get their cellphones charged we are in the dark. Just please pray for all.

  • HanaFiveO

    My thoughts and prayers go out to the people in the Philippines. Know that your neighbors already have help and Aloha ready. As soon as possible, its on the way.