Located in the western Pacific, the small island country known as the Philippines is under frightening threat of a giant storm predicted to hit Friday, November 7th. Super Typhoon Haiyan has made the front page of major news outlets today including CNN, USA Today, Huffington Post and more as the biggest typhoon on the planet this year.
According to CNN, thousands of local Philippines residents have been relocated to higher ground to escape the threat of potential landslides. Many are concerned about the people that were largely affected by last month’s devastating earthquake that put many residents out of their homes and into tents. With intense rain and 200 miles/hour winds predicted to hit the coastlines surrounding the island, 1.5 million are predicted to be affected by Super Typhoon Haiyan.
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Despite their sad and devastating affects on the land, infrastructure and people, storms often have beneficial contributions to the surf community. During Superstorm Sandy, East Coast surfers took advantage of the challenging conditions and hit the giant surf that pumped out of various breaks in Maryland, New York and Florida. In return, the surf community has also banded together to help make a difference and rebuilt what was lost from the destructive storm.
Australian big wave surfers, Ross- Clarke Jones and Tom Carroll in Storm Surfers also often hunt down these giant storms in order to ride the biggest, most terrifying waves they can discover.