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What You Should Know About Typhoon Haiyan

Residents stand along a sea wall as high waves pounded them amidst strong winds as Typhoon Haiyan hit the city of Legaspi, Albay province, south of Manila on November 8, 2013. One of the most intense typhoons on record whipped the Philippines on November 8, killing three people and terrifying millions as monster winds tore roofs off buildings and giant waves washed away flimsy homes. (Photo: Charism SAYAT/AFP/Getty Images)

Everyone is talking about the Superstorm Haiyan, and here's why: the typhoon slammed into the Philippines early Friday morning and is one of the biggest storms recorded on the planet. Here are a few things you might not know about the storm:

  • Super Typhoon Haiyan was winds as strong as 195 miles per hour and gusts up to 235 miles per hour. This is one of the highest wind speeds ever recorded.
     
  • The strength of Hyan is equal to a Category 5 hurricane in the Atlantic. Typhoons are the same type of storms as hurricanes.
     
  • Haiyan is stronger than any hurricane ever recorded in the Atlantic. Hurricane Camille hit the U.S. Gulf Coast with wind speeds of about 190 miles per hour.
     
  • The storm is more than 300 miles wide. That width is about equal to the distance between Sacramento and Pismo Beach.
     
  • Haiyan is the fourth typhoon to hit the Philippines in 2013.The Philippines typically gets hit by more typhoons than any country.
     
  • The storm is known as Super Typhoon Yolanda in the Philippines.
     
  • Haiyan is the Chinese word for petrel, a type of bird that lives over the open sea and returns to land only for breeding.
     
  • About 10 million people live on the central Philippine Islands and are at risk from the typhoon.
     
  • Storm surges as high as 15 feet are possible in some parts of the Philippines.  

 

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