On Friday morning, Philippines time, the storm was throwing 195 m.p.h. sustained winds and occasional gusts of 235 m.p.h, according to the Joint Typhoon Warning Center – the speed equivalent of the strongest category of tornado, a monster EF-5. In the West it would be classified as a top-of-the-scale Category 5 hurricane, which causes “catastrophic damage” when it makes landfall, says the U.S. National Hurricane Center: “A high percentage of framed homes will be destroyed, with total roof failure and wall collapse. Fallen trees and power poles will isolate residential areas. Power outages will last for weeks to possibly months. Most of the area will be uninhabitable for weeks or months.”
The following provinces and cities suspended classes on November 8, 2013, due to typhoon Yolanda which entered the Philippine area of responsibility on November 7, 2013. Announcements were made through government social media accounts. This is a consolidation of the announcements.