Just shy of 13 months after Super-Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) devastated the eastern and central Philippines, another monster storm is moving into the battered region. With 150 mph sustained winds, gusts estimated at 190 mph, Super-Typhoon Hagupit (Ruby) is nearing the eastern Philippine Islands, lashing Tacloban and Cebu with her outer bands. This is the same area which took the brunt of the damage from last year’s storm, much of the region is still fighting to recover, thousands live in makeshift shelters and have been evacuated ahead of Hagupit’s landfall. The situation is dire and potentially catastrophic, a super typhoon would take a large toll on even the most developed and sound areas, but the region it will hit is far from that.

Please consider making a donation to the Philippine Red Cross as they prepare to respond to this disaster.

To my friends in the Philippines, please stay safe and pay very close attention. Do not wait to evacuate and do not decide to brave this out alone. The world is watching, hoping for the best, and ready to help. Magiging okey ka rin!

[Information current as of 13:00 12/05/2014]

Astronauts on the International Space Station can see a variety of amazing meteorological events from their vantage point far above Earth. NASA’s Terry Virts captured this amazing image of Typhoon Maysak from the space station this week. 

Massive typhoon headed for Japan looks absolutely terrifying from space

Super-typhoon Vongfong is bearing down on Japan. And one of the best views of the nature’s terrifying beauty comes from 205 miles above the Earth.

On Thursday, astronaut Reid Wiseman got a good look at Vongfong from aboard the International Space Station. Wiseman, who has gained viral popularity for his striking space photography, then tweeted this incredible shot of the typhoon:

“I’ve seen many from here, but none like this.” Follow micdotcom


Typhoon Hagupit, AKA Ruby, has officially made landfall in the east Philippines near Dolores. At last check, the massive storm was just under Super Typhoon status and was the same strength as a Category 4 hurricane. Winds of 115-160 mph are being reported but unfortunately, up to the moment information is hard to find since there is very little coverage of the disaster unfolding. Wind and rain have been blasting into the Philippine Islands for a few days now, causing property damage, landslides, flooding, tsunami-like storm surge, and more. No injuries or deaths are reported but that is very likely to change in the coming hours as the islands are enveloped by the storm.

On it’s current track, it will strike the capital of Manila  with 85 mph sustained winds and heavy rain on Monday afternoon and evening.

At least 500,000 people have been evacuated, many of whom live in the areas devastated by Super Typhoon Haiyan just 13 months ago. Thousands of people still live in make shift housing making this situation even more dire. I will continue to monitor the situation and update when I can.

[Information current as of 09:00 12/06/2014]


At sea level, Super Typhoon Maysak is a hostile juggernaut of a storm, a terrifying, spiraling red-and-yellow mass on a weatherman’s map, pummeling anything in its reach with 160 mph winds. But 230 miles from Earth, roughly where the International Space Station orbits, Maysak is jaw-droppingly beautiful.

Being this beautiful comes at a price, and Maysak is setting the records to prove it. 


After Typhoon Trami struck the Philippines in 2013, huge amounts of water were caught in the river systems on the island. At a hydroelectric dam in Northern Taiwan, the floodgates were fully opened to relieve the water pressure and the video results are quite astounding, huge torrents of water being blasted tens of meters downstream.



As Hagupit continues to make its way across the Philippines, the Japan Meteorological Agency has downgraded the once Super Typhoon into a Tropical Storm. With sustained winds of 75 MPH, the storm has weakened dramatically in the last 2 days, but not before leaving a trail of destruction along the eastern portion of the nation. At least 3 people are confirmed dead and 650,000 remain in shelters severe flooding continues to plague the area. In Catbalogan, 16.91" of rain have fallen, causing significant flooding. Homes and other structures were demolished by the Category 4 strength winds along the east, removing roofs and toppling buildings like toys. The area which took the brunt of the impact was already in shambles from Super Typhoon Haiyan last year, so many of the residents lived in tents or shacks, but now, all of that is gone. Power has also been knocked out to many areas and trees, landslides, and flooding shut down roads all over, cutting off some communities entirely. While the Philippines seemed to have been spared the cataclysmic storm we were predicting, it does appear as if they have once again been dealt a heart-breaking blow.

Despite the destruction, I personally know the strength of the Filipino people, I know their resilience and courage and once again, it is on display for the world to see. Please keep those affected by this disaster in your heart as they once again pick up the pieces and rebuild. In the words of Anderson Cooper; “Mabuhay Philippines. Maraming salamat for showing us all how to live.”

[Information current as of 21:00 12/07/2014]

PHILIPPINES, Manila : A boy plays next to a seawall in a shanty town at the port area in Manila on December 7, 2014 ahead of the arrival of typhoon hagupit. Shanties at the bay of Manila will be affected as typhoon hagupit will pass near Manila. Typhoon Hagupit tore apart homes and sent waves crashing through coastal communities across the eastern Philippines on December 7, creating more misery for millions following a barrage of deadly disasters. AFP PHOTO/NOEL CELIS


This is an image of Calbayog as Typhoon Hagupit continues to bear down on the eastern islands of the Philippines. I am disgusted by the lack of information considering this is still the equivalent to a Category 2 hurricane, and the area it is striking is already in shambles after Super Typhoon Haiyan 13 months ago and several other storms in recent months. This is a very dangerous and dire situation yet the media is more concerned about President Obama’s sore throat or a truck fire blocking a street in Jersey. My heart is with all those riding out this storm, you have shown people like me so much in the last 13 months, it is time to once again show the world how to pull through. Much love and best wishes Philippines.