There seems to be a bit of international interest about this particular storm (Super Typhoon Haiyan), so I figured a thread about it might be a good place to centralize talk.
I'll be your friendly GWJer on the ground reporting about local news on this and talking about ground events in Manila, where I live.
So far, Manila appears to have weathered the storm better than expected. It has already weakened somewhat from its peak strength, with current sustained winds of 195 kph near the center with gusts up to 230 kph. However, the main Visayas islands of Cebu, Bohol, Samar, and Leyte have been powered down and it's likely that the damage to infrastructure will be severe. Leyte has fallen completely off the grid. Coastal towns have been inundated with the storm surge, and even towns on higher ground are dealing with knee-high floodwater from the intense rainfall.
More as I hear from my local sources.
Staying safe. I'll keep you guys posted. Please feel free to supply additional information.