|Typhoon (JMA scale)|
|Category 5 (Saffir–Simpson scale)|
|Formed||November 3, 2013|
|Dissipated||November 11, 2013|
|Highest winds||10-minute sustained: 230 km/h (145 mph)
1-minute sustained: 315 km/h (195 mph)
|Lowest pressure||895 mbar (hPa); 26.43 inHg
|Fatalities||6,241 confirmed, 1,785 missing|
|Damage||$1.5 billion (2013 USD)
|Part of the 2013 Pacific typhoon season|
Typhoon Haiyan (or Typhoon Yolanda in the Philippines) is one of the strongest tropical cyclones in history. It formed on November 2, 2013, in the western Pacific Ocean. It began east-southeast of Pohnpei. The storm later hit the Philippines with extremely high winds and a strong storm surge. It has caused major damage in the Visayas. Hundreds of people have died in the storm. The director of Meteorology at Weather Underground, Jeff Masters, said this could be the strongest tropical system to reach land.  Haiyan's winds were near 195 miles an hour.
References[change | change source]
- Mark Fischetti (12 November 2013). "Was Typhoon Haiyan a Record Storm?". Scientific American. http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/observations/2013/11/12/was-typhoon-haiyan-a-record-storm/. Retrieved 22 January 2014.