150116152515-philippines-satellite-weather-large-169Pope Francis donned a slicker to conduct an outdoor Mass for hundreds of thousands who gathered Saturday morning in the Philippines despite stormy weather. The Mass in Tacloban was shortened because of an approaching typhoon that had sustained winds of 80 mph and higher gusts. A throng gathered at the Tacloban airport to greet the Pope when he arrived at about 9 a.m. local time (8 p.m. ET.) The Mass began nearby about half an hour after he landed. Wind rustled the hood on the pontiff’s slicker as he spoke to a crowd clad in raincoats. Tacloban is still recovering from the 2013 disaster of Super Typhoon Haiyan, described as perhaps the strongest storm ever recorded with 195 mph sustained winds that killed 6,300 people nationwide. Typhoon Mekkhala was upgraded from a tropical storm and should make landfall in the Philippines at about noon, about an hour after the Mass concluded, just northeast of Tacloban, said CNN meteorologist Sean Morris. More