What is Typhoon Haiyan & How Can We Help?

What is Typhoon Haiyan & How Can We Help?

Almost exactly one month ago, on November 10th, 2013, Typhoon Haiyan hit the Philippines and became one of the worst storms on record to ever hit land.  Typhoon Haiyan has left hundreds of thousands of residents in the Philippines without homes, food, or family members and has required a huge call to action from organizations and people all over the world.

SteamyintheCity How Can We Send Help To The Victims Of Typhoon Hyian

The storm has left hundreds of thousands of residents without homes

Help Habitat For Humanity Rebuild the Philippines

SteamyintheCity is partnering with The Habitat For Humanity to help rebuild homes in the Philippines

There are many ways that you can help those in need during this tragic time, and we here at SteamyintheCity Music Collective are excited to present some ways that we can work together to aid those who need it most. We will be hosting a series of online concerts via on December 12th, featuring a headlining show with Damian McGinty, AJ Rafael, Bryce Vine & Samuel Larsen! All of the shows will be benefiting Habitat for Humanity, which has incredible goals for bringing relief to the area. (Click here to send relief directly to the Philippines and help Habitat For Humanity reach their rebuilding goals.)

SteamyintheCity Philippines Benefit Stageit Concert Dec12 To Help Habitat for Humanity reach their goals of helping the victims in the Philippines

SteamyintheCity’s Philippines Benefit Stageit Concerts on Dec12 aim to help The Habitat for Humanity reach their goals to bring aid and rebuild homes in the Philippines


The word ‘typhoon’ is not something that we’re accustomed to hearing about here in the United States; natural disasters are frequently reported upon, but they usually include earthquakes, tornados, blizzards, hurricanes, etc. A typhoon is actually the same weather event as a hurricane or a cyclone, but is named differently solely due to the location of the event. In the Atlantic Ocean and the Northeast Pacific Ocean, the term “hurricane” is used; meanwhile, the same weather event in the Northwest Pacific would be called a “typhoon”.

Hurricanes and Typhoons are low-pressure weather systems that usually form over warm waters and they’re usually accompanied by severe thunderstorms and rotation that causes extreme winds. The resulting wind speed is actually used to classify the storms into categories (1-5) using something called the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Scale – a category 5 storm has the strongest winds and is, consequently, extraordinarily dangerous if the storm hits land.

SteamyintheCity Science Of A Typhoon Saffir Simpson Scale

Saffir Simpson Scale

SteamyintheCity How Can We Send Help To The Victims Of Typhoon Hyian

The Philippines were ravished on Friday, Nov. 8 as Category 5 Super Typhoon Haiyan tore through the Pacific islands, leaving behind a horrid scene of destruction and devastation, and the loss of thousands of lives in its wake.

These types of storms are usually very recognizable on a weather map or in a satellite image as rotating systems with an area of peace in the middle or the eye of the storm. Fascinatingly, the eye of a storm like this can be so vast that those on the ground in direct line of the storm might experience a moment of calm and even blue skies in the midst of a devastating hurricane.


SteamyintheCity The Science Of A Typhoon eye of the storm

The Science Of A Typhoon : the eye of the storm

Aerial view of the eye of a storm

Aerial view of the eye of a storm


hurricane cross section

hurricane cross section


On-air meteorologists have been reporting on Hurricanes and Typhoons for years and we’ve grown accustomed to learning about them and tracking the storm paths as they gear up to make landfall. However, this storm is one that requires particular attention. To put it in perspective, Typhoon Haiyan, the devastating storm that hit the Philippines last month, was one of the strongest storms on record ever to hit land.

It’s hard to even imagine the magnitude of strength that a system like this can possess. In order for any hurricane to be classified in the highest category (category 5), there must be sustained winds recorded of at least 157mph. In the Philippines last month, Haiyan exceeded this minimum and had a sustained wind speed of 195mph, which is now the highest measured wind ever recorded during a hurricane or typhoon.

These unbelievable winds caused incredible damage to the country— according to the Washington Post, there were 631,795 people displaced from their homes due to this storm. That’s 8 times the capacity of the Super Dome football stadium and ~58% more people than were displaced during Hurricane Katrina.

Side by Side Comaprison of Hurricane Katrina and Super Typhoon Haiyan

Side by Side Comaprison of Hurricane Katrina and Super Typhoon Haiyan

This storm has taken an extreme financial toll on the country in addition to the emotional toll on its residents. The estimated cost to the Philippines from this storm is $14 billion—meanwhile, 2 out of every 5 people in the country are currently living on less than $2 a day.


It’s clear that the Philippines needs a lot of assistance at this time. We here at SteamyintheCity want to be able to do everything that we can to raise money and provide aid to those in need.

On Thursday, December 12th, we will be hosting a series of StageIt shows online, all of which will benefit Habitat for Humanity’s relief efforts, specifically in the Philippines.

Headlining, at 6pm, we will be hosting a show featuring Damian Mc Ginty, commonly known from the FOX TV show, Glee, and some of his amazingly talented friends, Samuel Larsen, Bryce Vine, and AJ Rafael. These incredible guys will each be playing a solo set and will also collaborate to put on a group performance for all of the viewers at the show. We’re incredibly grateful that Damian has asked SteamyintheCity to host the show with him– he brought this idea to our attention and we know it’s going to be a wonderful collaboration.



Also, starting earlier in the morning, we will have a series of musicians performing throughout the day!

10:30am: Tommy Miller

12:00pm: Juliet 

1:30pm: Justine Dorsey, Chanele McGuinness, & Regina Zaremba

All of these shows are bound to be amazing and we’re so excited to be able to benefit such a great cause. Please consider coming out to all of the shows and giving to those in desperate need at this time.


Looking forward to seeing you all at the concerts this Thursday! If you have any questions about the concerts or the partnership with Habitat for Humanity, feel free to email

Regina Zaremba

December 11th, 2013

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