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Typhoon Haiyan Continues To Scourge Southeast Asia 114

jones_supa writes "ABC Australia is reporting extensively about the progress of the Typhoon Haiyan, which has reached the status of being one of the strongest tropical cyclones ever recorded. Over the weekend it has caused severe destruction and misery passing through Philippines with maximum sustained winds of 315 km/h, where the authorities are now struggling to bring relief to areas worst affected, there being 10,000 people dead. The storm is now heading towards Vietnam, where already over 600,000 people have been evacuated. Meanwhile, China announced its highest alert for Typhoon Haiyan as six crew members of a cargo boat were reported missing. Vietnam is likely to be spared the storm's initial ferocity as it has weakened over the South China Sea and is now expected to hit as a category 1 storm, with wind speeds of about 74 km/h, meteorologists say."
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Typhoon Haiyan Continues To Scourge Southeast Asia

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  • I, for one, would have picked another adjective.

    • by icebike ( 68054 )

      I, for one, would have picked another adjective.

      Scourge has always had a verb form. That that is what was used, not its adjective form.

      Its unusual in the modern era to see the verb form, but its actually older than you think.

    • Re: (Score:1, Interesting)

      by Anonymous Coward

      If you have actually seen the sort of winds that Haiyan made, it would make a scourging/flagellation seem mild by comparison. I saw the winds snap a full grown coconut palm at the base from footage taken at Tacloban in the Philippines. Was extremely lucky that it missed Manila. Had its track been only a few degrees more northerly than it had been, we would likely have experienced similar devastation.

    • by donscarletti ( 569232 ) on Sunday November 10, 2013 @09:53PM (#45387795)
      Not really, hitting someone with a towel or one of those bdsm nylon play whips is flagellation but hardly scourging. There is an accepted difference in degree between those two words and another even more common verb "whipping", which also means flagellation and is also used to refer to effects of wind. Whipping generally means something that will leave welts, flogging is mostly interpreted to mean something that leaves cuts (cat of nine tails, etc), scourging means something that will tear off strips of skin and is often fatal (see roman practices that lead to the term), as so with the effect of different degrees of storm. This storm ripped buildings out of the ground and killed thousands, ergo, scouring is the right word.
  • by Anonymous Coward

    A category 1 storm has sustained winds of 74 mph, or 119 kph, not 74 kpm as stated in the summary.

    Citation provided:

    • by _merlin ( 160982 )

      At least summary managed to write "km/h" properly, not "kph" (the unit is not "k") or the even more nonsensical "kpm". What's that even supposed to be? Kelvin per mile? Rate it gets colder as you drive north?

      • Kilometers per mile. And I've got to say, anything above 50 kpm is extremely bright at standard atmospheric pressure with room temperature and nominal fluctuations of quanta states!
  • Donation link (Score:5, Informative)

    by JasoninKS ( 1783390 ) on Sunday November 10, 2013 @08:51PM (#45387505)
    Certainly a horrible thing and my thoughts go out to those that lost loved ones.

    Figured I should post the Red Cross donation link in case anyone is interested: []
  • and you can also help by mapping the region with the openstreetmap humanitarian team : []

    this should help rescue teams and relief workers

  • by Anonymous Coward

    covering it at all. I have two Filipino coworkers that didn't even know there was a typhoon until one got a call at work from a family member saying they were safe. As usual, the media only covers things they're paid to cover. The top story today in the Seattle Times was about drug makers. Yesterday it was about Boeing.

    • by Anonymous Coward

      Pick a better news source. It's been the top story on CNN for days and it was on the front page of our local newspaper.

    • That's just not true. I wouldn't consider Fox News to be news media, but it's certainly conservative media. And this is on the front page of their web site.

  • Must be a pretty terrible thing for those people living in the area. Good luck to the folks re-building their lives.
  • Robonaut's legs are designed for walking around the space station in microgravity, so they would be useless in gravity

    BUT, the same people working on robonaut are building a female humanoid robot for the DARPA robotics challenge, which could very well walk on the moon

  • To ask ourselves, if 2 or more simultaneous disasters struck the US could FEMA/Anyone respond to both? Does the Government have enough resources to respond to both? To even one?
    How long will it take to rebuild if say Los Angeles is hit with an 8.0 at the same time another Katrina happens?

    Just how far are we from walking the streets like zombies looking for food?

    • FEMA hands out bags of ice. As we learned from Katrina, the national guard keeps people who would help out of the area with guns, because they are there to preverse the Order (with a captial 'O', in the sense as Hitler used the word) Get a clue pal, if you're looking for The Government to save you, you're fucked.

      How long would it take We the People to rebuild, is the question. How prepared are you for a disaster?

      • by koan ( 80826 )

        I have little faith in the Government, however it is their job to respond to emergencies in a competent and meaningful way.
        That they can't is shameful, so the question stands, not to be answered by posting in response to it but rather by thinking about it.

        • oh, where in the Constitution does it say that the Federal government is to respond to disasters (other than attack by enemies) at all? Most of its history, it had no means to do so anyway.

          • by koan ( 80826 )

            Why is your focus on arguing an irrelevant detail?

            I feel it is a governments responsibility to take care of its citizens, hardly anyone else is in the position to do so.

            That you would argue the point is baffling to me, people like you always seem focused on some irrelevant aspect of a persons post.
            You amount to little more than noise, in effect you're a liability to the continuity of "useful" thought most others would like to pursue.


            • not irrelevant, we're speaking of reality versus the ideals between your ears. the police have no obligation to protect you, already decided in court. the Federal government has no obligation to take care of you in emergency, nor to protect you as individual, nor to reimburse you for lost property. very deep truths there.

  • Bush's fault.

In seeking the unattainable, simplicity only gets in the way. -- Epigrams in Programming, ACM SIGPLAN Sept. 1982