Super Typhoon Haiyan, one of the most powerful storms ever recorded on the planet, blasted into the Philippines on Friday, killing at least four people and forcing nearly 750,000 people to flee from their homes.
Haiyan had sustained winds of 155 mph with gusts as high as 235 mph, according to the U.S. Navy’s Joint Typhoon Warning Center. It is believed to be the strongest tropical cyclone to hit land anywhere in the world in recorded history.
According to CNN, the casualty toll is expected to rise once aid workers get to the hardest-hit areas, many of which were cut off from phones and electricity.
About 25 areas in the Philippines were hit, Gwendolyn Pang, the secretary general of the Philippine National Red Cross, told reporters. She explained that assessment teams were prepared to enter the stricken areas as soon as conditions allowed.
But they may not be able to do it alone. “We will be definitely needing more support for this one,” Pang added.
We’ll keep you updated as soon as more information becomes available on how to donate to relief efforts.
In the meantime, we’ll be sending our thoughts and prayers to everyone affected by this devastating tropical storm.