Originally Posted by capta
From what I gather from reading the posts on this forum, most on here won't even sail in the "nudge" between the 200 knots you mentioned and the 235 of the article. I read they may update the Beaufort Scale as they did the Fujita, to accommodate these larger storms.
Sorry, just to avoid confusion, the 235 in the article is MPH which is about 200kn.
One only has to look at the damage cause by this blow. The buildings are same as or worse than those caught in a Cat 5 twister and this is a tropical weather system not a tornado. This winds comes and stays a while, possibly days.
It must be unbelievably spooky.
Beaufort scale goes to 12 which is 64 knots and upwards. That doesn't even begin to describe Haiyan. Hell, I've sailed my boat in open sea through 80 knots, wouldn't choose to do it again but it is easily survivable.